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Mechanicville man sentenced to 9 years in prison for residential burglaries

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. --A Mechanicville man has been sentenced to 9 years in prison for residential burglaries in three cities.

Saratoga County District Attorney James A. Murphy, III announced Friday that Michael J. Torturo, 28, of 11 Burrello Court, Mechanicville, N.Y. was sentenced in Saratoga County Court to 9 years in state prison with an additional 5 years of post-release supervision for his previous admission to his involvement in three residential burglaries that occurred in the Towns of Halfmoon on May 9, and Greenfield on May 11 and the City of Saratoga Springs on May 29, 2012. 

All three were residential burglaries which occurred while no one was home.  Each was investigated by a different law enforcement agency. 

The first burglary occurred on May 9, 2012 and was investigated by the NYSP -Clifton Park in the Town of Halfmoon. The second one occurred on May 11, 2012 in the Town of Greenfield and was investigated by the Saratoga County Sheriff's Department. The third burglary occurred in the City of Saratoga Springs and was investigated by the Saratoga Springs Police Department. 

Torturo took jewelry, cash and electronics in these burglaries.  According to police, he sold the proceeds of the burglaries at pawn shops for cash.   

He was apprehended in Albany County and admitted to the burglaries in Saratoga County while being questioned by law enforcement.  A DNA sample taken at the time of Torturo's arrest and entered into the DNA databank matched a DNA profile submitted to the DNA databank in the open, ongoing burglary investigation being conducted by the Saratoga Springs Police Department, which ultimately led to his conviction in the city case.  

"Toturo was stealing then pawning jewelry for cash.  He'll have the next 9 years to think about his crime.  The victims are satisfied that he'll be out of our community for a long time and feel safer as a result.  Knowing that someone was in your home is unnerving, now they can know that he is in prison," said Murphy.



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