ALBANY, N.Y. - Albany Police have arrested the "milk bottle bandit."
Police say 30-year-old Frankie Daioczok of Albany is in custody for allegedly stealing a milk bottle from a home on Maplewood Street.
Daioczok was arrested on Thursday after he was caught on camera last month quietly walking onto a porch and stealing milk bottles out of the bin. Homeowner Brian Duffy says when he noticed his milk bottles were going missing nearly every day, he decided to set up a security camera on his porch and aim it at the milk bin. Duffy says he captured the crime at his Maplewood Street home on the camera he installed attempting the catch the thief.
Albany Police say the September 12th video shows Daioczok get off his bike, sneak up onto Duffy's porch around 6:30 a.m. and take the empty bottle.
Police say the thief was not after the milk; it was likely the $2 deposit that can be collected for each bottle.
Daioczok was identified as the suspect in an ongoing investigation and placed in custody in the area of Madison Avenue and Partridge Street without incident.
He was charged with Criminal Trespass 3rd and Petit Larceny and remanded to the Albany County Jail in lieu of $2,000 bail.
He was also arrested on an active bench warrant from a previous case in the City of Albany.
On December 2, 2011 at approximately 6:00 a.m., Daioczok stole a seven foot Christmas tree from the Capital Lights in the Park display inside Washington Park. He was apprehended moments later by responding officers and was taken into custody. In that case he was charged with Petit Larceny and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5th. He was arraigned in the Albany City Criminal Court and released under the supervision of Albany County Probation. Daioczok failed to appear to his scheduled court appearance and a warrant was issued.