Two arrested, accused of stealing items from Troy church | News
TROY - Two people are under arrest accused of stealing pricey items from a Troy church. Eleven items made out of sterling silver, were stolen from St. John's Church last week.
Wednesday morning, police in Troy told NewsChannel 13 they arrested two men in connection with the theft.
Police said they received two big breaks in the case that led to the recovery of the silver items both from pawn shops in two different cities.
At a press conference Wednesday morning, police said that there were four items that were tracked down Ferris Coin Shop on Central Avenue in Albany which by law, sent a receipt to police in Albany for the purchase of those silver items from two suspects who came in over the weekend.
Detectives recognized the receipt electronically that this was stolen property from St. John’s Episcopal.
A pawn shop employee in New Haven, Conn. then called police saying that he was suspicious of the same men trying to sell him seven other silver items. The two suspects were then taken into custody.
Police said the suspects are Joseph Plouffe from Watervliet and James Zaremski of Albany. They are charged with larceny and police expect to add burglary to those charges.
NewsChannel 13 has learned that one of the men arrested has similar crime history.
Zaremski is accused in robbery of the Glennpeter Jewelers in Colonie. He is accused of taking a tray of jewelry worth of more than $43,000 from the store.