Man accused of stealing van minutes after release from Schenectady jail

Twenty minutes after a homeless man was released from the Schenectady County Jail, police say he stole a van with tools worth thousands of dollars.

Edward Richardson, 39, is accused of stealing a county work van with $6,000 in electrician tools inside.

Police say they found the van shortly after, but the tools were gone.

After reviewing security video, police identified Richardson as the suspect. He’s in the Schenectady County Jail, and has been charged with grand larceny.