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Hilltown Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, November 10, 2011

Two arrested for thefts in Rensselaerville

By Zach Simeone

RENSSELAERVILLE — Two locals have been charged with thefts in town, but the Albany County Sheriff said this week he does not believe them to be connected to a series of other recent burglaries in town, which are still being investigated.

“There is an open case,” said Sheriff Craig Apple of the recent string of other thefts, “and we have a very good suspect in that one.”

Last week, the sheriff’s office announced the unrelated arrests of Tina M. Sisson, 45, of Westerlo; and Daniel Grinmanis, 21, of Middleburgh.

Bad housekeeping

Sisson, according to the sheriff’s office, stole a purse containing $400 and a Chase Manhattan credit card from a home in Rensselaerville where she worked as a housekeeper.

Sisson used the credit card in area banks to withdrawal more than $900 from the victim’s account, according to the sheriff’s office. She used a key that was given to her by the homeowners to get into the house, the release says.

Sisson has been charged with second-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny, both felonies; and petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

“Bank video footage basically turned her in,” Apple said. “She was writing checks to herself.” Sisson confessed, Apple said, and she has been released on pre-trial probation. She was arraigned in Rensselaerville.

Auto stripping

Grinmanis stole $3,000 in car parts from vehicles on a relative’s property on or about Oct. 2, according to the sheriff’s office.

“His father turned him in,” Apple said of Grinmanis. “He was identified by his ID when he sold his stuff to the scrap yards.”

Grinmanis allegedly stole car batteries, pumps, and catalytic converters, and tried to sell them to the Capital Scrap Metal Company for $329.94.

He has been charged with third-degree grand larceny and first-degree auto stripping, both felonies. Grinmanis was arraigned in Rensselaerville, according to the sheriff’s office, and remanded to Albany County’s Jail without bail.

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