Petersburgh man arrested twice in two weeks

A Petersburgh man was arrested twice in two weeks on forgery and theft charges.

The first arrest stemmed from a report last month of a customer attempting to use a fake $20 bill to make a purchase at a business on State Route 22 in Berlin. The investigation determined that Thomas S. Burdick, 32, passed the counterfeit bill. The cashier realized it was a forgery, refused the sale and contacted police. Burdick left before troopers arrived, police said.    

Burdick was arrested at his home on Nov. 23 and charged with second-degree possession of a forged instrument.

On Dec. 4, troopers responded to a home in Berlin after receiving a report of a burglary. Burdick allegedly entered the home without permission and took multiple items and stole the victim’s vehicle from their garage.

Burdick was arrested the following day at his home. He was wearing items he stolen from the home, police said.

Burdick was charged with second-degree burglary, grand larceny and petit larceny. He was arraigned in Berlin Town Court and sent to the Rensselaer County Correctional Facility in lieu of $20,000 cash or $200,000 bond.