Schenectady, New York

From Schenectady’s of October 14, 2007

Schenectady Store Owner Shoots Burglary Suspect

A Schenectady shop owner tells FOX23 News that he confronted and shot a man who he says broke into his store early Sunday morning.

Police say the alleged burglar tried to leave the scene of the crime and came face-to-face with the store’s owner who was armed with a shotgun.

Investigators tell us that 21-year-old John Sayers of Schenectady is recovering at Albany Medical Center on Sunday night.

Police say Sayers broke into Funn Electronics on Albany Street in Schenectady some time before 6:00 a.m. on Sunday.

The shop owner and his son live above the store.

They tell FOX23 News that they heard glass breaking and went to investigate.

They say that’s when they found Sayers inside the building, armed with a wrench.

When the alleged burglar tried to leave, the store owner shot him.

Schenectady Police arrived and arrested Sayers who now faces burglary and criminal mischief charges.

The shop owner’s son says he recognized Sayers as a customer of the store.


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