Claverack woman accused of residential break-ins


Claverack, NY- Columbia County Sheriff David P. Bartlett reports that a Claverack woman has been arrested for committing two separate residential Burglaries at the same location within a five day span.

On Saturday, September 28, 2019, the Sheriff’s Office was contacted by a resident on Tishauser Road in the Town of Claverack reporting that someone had burglarized his home. Sheriff’s Deputies and Criminal Investigators responded to the scene and initiated an investigation. A large amount of money and a firearm were stolen from the residence.

Five days later, on October 3, 2019 at approximately 1:23pm, Columbia County 911 dispatched Deputy Sheriffs to another residence on Tishauser Road for a report of a female subject attempting to gain entry into a parked, unoccupied vehicle in the driveway. While investigating this report, Deputies found that the same residence from Saturday was burglarized again.

The suspect fled the area on foot and members of the Sheriff’s Office, who were assisted by the State Police, flooded the area and attempted to locate her. Sheriff’s Office K9 units were utilized and searched a large area in and around the incident location; however, the suspect was not located.

As Sheriff’s Office investigators continued with the investigation, a possible suspect was developed and on Friday morning, Deputies Peter Merante and John Sullivan encountered the suspect on Tishauser Road. She was later interviewed at the Sheriff’s Office by investigators and subsequently made admission as to her involvement in both burglaries.

Selena McFadden, age 22, of 419 Tishauser Road Claverack, was arrested and charged at 4:35pm on October 4, 2019 with Burglary in the Second Degree (Class C Felony), Grand Larceny in the

Third Degree ( Class D Felony), Grand Larceny in the Fourth Degree (Class E Felony), Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree, and Petit Larceny (Both Class A Misdemeanors).

Investigators of the Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigative Branch, with the assistance from Columbia County District Attorney Paul Czajka, secured a search warrant for McFadden’s home to collect evidence relating to the burglaries. The warrant was signed by the Honorable Columbia County Court Judge Richard Koweek. The Columbia Greene Shared Services Response Team and members of the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office executed the warrant Friday evening and were able to recover some of the proceeds from the burglaries.

Ms. McFadden was arraigned in Claverack Town Court before Judge Michael Brandon and was remanded to the Columbia County Jail in lieu of $1,000 cash bail or $2,000 bail bond. She is scheduled to be back in court at a later date.

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