SCOTIA, N.Y. (NEWS10) — A Scotia man has pleaded guilty to attempted burglary and will face a sentence of one and a half to three years in jail. Eugene Wachtel, 57, was arrested in April 2020.

Wachtel was arrested on April 23, 2020, after someone reported a man had fled the Walmart on Old Gick Road in Saratoga with stolen merchandise. Watchel was located by police a short time after who connected him to several thefts throughout the month prior.

Police said he stole $523.37 worth of merchandise from Walmart, $488.30 from Target, and $121.24 from Hannaford. When they searched his vehicle, police said he had over $900 worth of stolen merchandise from Target and Walmart. Police say he had crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia and had a suspended license. At the time of his arrest, it was found Wachtel had a standing no-trespass order against him at Hannaford.