Sch’dy man heads back to prison after market theft

JOHNSTOWN – A Schenectady man who already served prison time for stealing food from a Broadalbin market is headed back to prison for the fourth time after pulling off a similar crime.

James Salvo, 41, was sentenced to three to six years in prison on Wednesday by Fulton County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye after pleading guilty to third-degree burglary, a felony.

State police found Salvo in possession of bolt cutters when they stopped his vehicle on County Route 110 early the morning of July 25, under the suspicion he was driving impaired. After an investigation, they learned he’d broken into a truck at Meatland and stolen more than $1,000 worth of food, including steaks, crab and frozen vegetables.

He was charged with burglary, possession of burglar’s tools, operating a motor vehicle while impaired by drugs, speeding and failure to keep right.

He was ordered to pay $1,185 in restitution out of his inmate account.

In 2008, Salvo and an accomplice pleaded guilty to stealing almost $4,000 worth of food from Meatland a year earlier. Salvo served almost four years of a two- to five-year prison sentence before being paroled. He also was in prison between 1997 and 2001 for three grand larceny convictions, according to state inmate records, and he served 3 1/2 years after a burglary conviction in 2003.

Two other defendants were sentenced in other county court cases Wednesday:

  • ?Taylor Wright, 22, of Gloversville, was sentenced to one to three years in prison after pleading guilty to third-degree burglary.

Wright was arrested on a warrant for second- and third-degree burglary in June. Gloversville police also charged her with second-degree criminal trespass after she jumped out a window and hid in a vacant house when police tried to arrest her.

In addition to her sentence, she will pay nearly $6,500 in restitution – including $4,781 to Walmart.

  • ?Mitchell Ostrander, 24, of Gloversville, was sentenced to 3 1/2 years in prison after pleading guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance.

Ostrander was being sought by city police in July for an alleged parole violation. Officers found crack cocaine when they found Ostrander and a co-defendant in an apartment, police said.

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