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Colonie police arrest two suspects for theft from Taft furniture


COLONIE, N.Y. -- It was a chase that started in Colonie at the Taft furniture and ended in the woods of Niskayuna thanks to a police dog that helped find one of the suspects. Colonie police emerged through the high cattails with one of the suspect in handcuffs.

The chase came after a half-hour pursuit of two suspects wanted for grand larceny from the Taft furniture store, according to police.

"It was a Schenectady police dog that found one of the subjects neck deep in mud," said Colonie Police Department Lt. James Archambault.

That dog was "Vert," the K-9 which assisted police with the search, along with a police chopper in the air.

The News Center's cameras were rolling when police officers spotted one of the suspect in the swamp off of Balltown Road. Police believe the suspect was using fraudulent credit cards to buy furniture.

"They bought thousands of dollars of merchandise with these cards," said Archambault.

The other suspect was found and arrested near a residential area near St. David's Lane. Police say the two men were able to fill up a U-Haul box truck with furniture from Taft.

"We went over there to confront the people, but they were already loaded up and took off," said Archambault.

The chase started in Colonie, but ended in the Niskayuna woods just before it got dark. Neighbors looked on as police searched for the two men in their backyards.

"I saw a flash of red, it caught my attention and looked out watched this guy run around out the shed and into the woods behind whole row of houses," said Zack Webber on of the residents.

"We were confident we had them in this area with high cattails, thick woods, and the swamp," said Archambault.

Taft employees say both men had the credit card numbers, security code, and tried to make the purchase over the phone. Employees became suspicious and tipped police off about the two suspects.

Both suspects are expected to be arraigned in Colonie town court.

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