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Meat thief accused of trying to repeat crime

September 23, 2012
By MICHAEL ANICH , The Leader Herald

JOHNSTOWN - A Schenectady man who served two to four years in state prison for robbing Meatland in the village of Broadalbin was indicted by a Fulton County grand jury Friday on four counts related to a July 25 break-in at the same business.

James L. Salvo, 41, was indicted on charges of third-degree burglary, a felony; and petit larceny, possession of burglar's tools and driving while ability impaired by drugs, all misdemeanors.

Fulton County District Attorney Louise Sira said Salvo was convicted in April 2008 with third-degree burglary and was sentenced to two to fours years as a second-felony offender. Salvo was ordered to pay restitution of more than $6,000. He and several others were accused of breaking into Meatland several times in the summer of 2007.

But Salvo, who served his time, was accused again this summer at Meatland.

"He obviously saw it as an easy mark," Sira said. "He didn't take into account their surveillance system."

State police at Mayfield say they arrested Salvo on July 25 after he attempted to burglarize a Meatland truck and subsequently committed two traffic violations, apparently under the influence of drugs. He was charged at 6:25 a.m. that day with third-degree burglary, a class D felony, and possession of burglar's tools, first-degree operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, speeding and failure to keep right.

The indictment states Salvo, at 4:06 a.m. on July 25, "knowingly and unlawfully" entered a Meatland truck at 9 Railroad St., with the intent to commit a crime.

While inside, the indictment said, Salvo stole three bags of frozen mixed vegetables, five boxes of haddock fillets, four packages of crab, two packages of frozen shrimp, one package of beef round, three packages of frozen sea scallops, one package of strip steaks, two packages of boneless sirloin steak, one package of cauliflower, two packages of frozen green beens; and one box of frozen steak from a motor truck.

The indictment says Salvo's vehicle was stopped at 5:50 a.m. - after the burglary - on County Highway 110 in the town of Broadalbin. He possessed one pair of bolt cutters in the trunk and his ability to drive was impaired by drugs, the indictment said.

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