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Man arrested in Amsterdam car thefts


AMSTERDAM, N.Y. - Several car thefts along State Route 30 in the town of Amsterdam have led to the arrest of an alleged suspect, the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office reports.

Sheriff's deputies say they received calls on a male breaking into cars and stealing items. As they investigated the thefts, they were able to locate 24-year-old Jeffrey Opalka Jr., of Fort Johnson, in a basement of a nearby home.

Deputies found several of the stolen items on Opalka, and additional items that were stolen a few days earlier were also located in the residence.

Opalka was arrestede and transported to Montgomery County Sheriff's Office where he then attempted to escape by forcibly grabbing and attempting to take the deputy's service weapon from its holster. The deputy then had to physically struggle with Opalka in order to take him back under control, and prevent him from taking his weapon.

Opalka is charged with two counts of Grand Larceny 4th, three counts of criminal possession of stolen property 4th, two counts of petit larceny, Attempted Robbery 3rd, Obstruction of governmental administration 2nd, Resisting arrest, and Conspiracy 5th. He is currently being held at the Montgomery County Correctional Facility.

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