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    Police charge man in serial burglaries


     A 21-year-old man, who allegedly helped himself to more than $800 of a waitress’s tips during repeated break-ins at her home, was caught in the act by investigators after he broke in again, State Police said.

    Jordan Gryner of Craryville faces five felony counts of second-degree burglary, as well as resisting arrest and other counts, in connection with the break-ins at a Copake Lakeresidence that occurred over the course of a week.

    “”He knew the woman was a waitress and what hours she worked, and he went into the house when she was at work,”” Senior Investigator Gary Mazzacano said. “”She put her tip money in a box, and when she realized it was being taken, she made sure she locked the doors and windows.””

    After she found that the money was missing again, she reported it to police, said Mazzacano of the Livingston barracks in Columbia County. Gryner broke in five times in a week, Mazzacano said.

    On Thursday, State Police investigators felt there was “”a good chance he’d be back that night, so we put guys in the house, and they caught him taking $8,”” Mazzacano said.

    Police had asked the woman to take all of her money, and investigators put $8 in the box “”in case someone came in,”” Mazzacano said. The investigators were in the room with the box when Gryner allegedly entered. During his arrest at 9:20 p.m., he struggled with officers who used a Taser on him, the senior investigator said.

    Gryner was also charged with possession of burglary tools. Police said he used a pry bar, flashlight and latex gloves to break in to the home.

    After an arraignment before Copake Town Justice John Spencer, Gryner was sent to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.

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