Arrest made in Ghent burglary


Ghent, N.Y.: Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that Sheriff’s Office Investigators have arrested and charged a Nassau man after he illegally entered a barn at a local farm in the Town of Ghent.

On August 20, 2018 a farm owner in the Town of Ghent contacted Columbia County Sheriff’s Office resident K9 Deputy Travis VanAlstyne to report a burglary that occurred at their farm. The farm owner informed Deputy VanAlstyne that a John Deere zero turn lawn mower was stolen from one of the barns on the farm. An investigation was initiated and evidence was collected from the scene, which included video surveillance footage.

The Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative branch continued with the investigation and investigator’s were able to identify a suspect after review of the video surveillance footage. Subsequently, the suspect was located, interviewed and made admissions as to his involvement in the burglary and theft of the lawn mower. Investigators were able to recover the mower.

On August 28, 2018 at approximately 3:55pm, Sheriff’s Office Investigators arrested 39 year old Marco A. Genito of Nassau New York and charged him with Burglary in the Third Degree and Grand Larceny in the Third Degree both of which are Class D Felonies.

Mr. Genito was arraigned in Ghent Town Court before the Honorable Judge Michael Bruno and remanded to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bail bond. The defendant is scheduled to appear back in Ghent Town Court on September 17, 2018 at 6:00pm.

The investigation is continuing and additional arrests are possible. Anyone with information pertaining to this case is asked to contact the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Branch at

(518) 828-4316. Investigating for the Sheriff’s Office along with Deputy VanAlystne were Senior Investigator Mark Dunspaugh and Investigator Ian Boehme. The Sheriff’s Office was assisted by Columbia County District Attorney’s Office.

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