Colonie police: Men burglarized St. Pius X Church, broke stained glass window

COLONIE — Two Albany men broke into a church in Colonie through a stained glass window and took items that included a cross, police said.

Police later tracked down the suspects, identified as Dean C. Sullivan, 34, of Clinton Avenue, Albany, and Luigino A. Franchini, 39, of Van Buren Street, Albany, and charged them with felony burglary.

Police responded just before 6 a.m. Wednesday to St. Pius X Church and School on Crumitie Road for a report of the broken window, police said.

Officers discovered that some computer equipment, a necklace and a cross were missing from what police later described as a parish office area, police said.

Police later received a related report from a nearby resident of a car window smashed, though nothing was taken.

Investigators soon developed Sullivan as a suspect in both the church burglary and car damage and tracked him down near his residence in Albany. Police said they recovered the stolen property in his room.

Police later arrested Franchini as an accomplice. Police believe Sullivan broke the window and Franchini accompanied him inside to assist in removing the computer equipment, police said.

Sullivan faces one count each of third-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief, felonies, along with misdemeanor petty larceny. Further charges are expected, police said.

Sullivan was arraigned and ordered held.

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