Man charged with larceny, trespassing

AMSTERDAM — A 38-year-old homeless man is facing several charges after allegedly trespassing onto property on McClellan Avenue.

Jonathan Gomez Ruiz was charged on June 28 by Amsterdam Police with third-degree burglary, two counts of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, two counts of petit larceny, four counts of criminal possession hypodermic instrument, seventh-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, resisting arrest and two counts of trespassing.

According to a news release, police responded to a report of a prowler trespassing onto property on McClellan Avenue and entered the garage, in which Ruiz was captured on the Ring home surveillance system.

Responding officers located Ruiz on Chestnut Street in which he matched the description given, and was allegedly in the process of committing a larceny from a vehicle in a driveway on Chestnut Street. When approached, police said he fled from the officers, but was quickly caught. He also allegedly failed to obey commands given by police by failing to put his hands behind his back and repeatedly clenching his hand into a fist. It was later discovered, Ruiz had stolen property inside the fist of his hand.

According to the release, during the investigation, Ruiz was found to be in possession of stolen property from two other larcenies he allegedly committed that morning. He was also found to be in possession of a controlled substance and multiple hypodermic instruments.

Ruiz was remanded to the Montgomery County Correctional Facility in lieu of bail to violations for the conditions of release from a previous arrest.

According to the release, this arrest was an example of “successful cooperation between the city police and vigilant city residents coming together to solve crime. The Ring video footage posted by a neighbor has been viewed nearly 500 times.”


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