Major R. Christopher West
Troop G Commander
On April 27, 2021, the New York State Police at SP Capital arrested 56-year-old Frank R. Markus of Delmar, and 61-year-old Steven Lawless of Colonie, for Grand Larceny 2nd degree (C felony), Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 2nd degree (C felony), and Conspiracy 4th degree (E felony).
Markus and Lawless were charged following a year-long investigation into the theft of an excavator and flatbed trailer from the Liberty Street parking lot in the city of Albany. In March of 2020, state police received a complaint from a business that was conducting construction work in the area. Employees returned to the Liberty Street lot to find that the excavator and trailer that had been stored there were gone. The excavator was valued at over $64,000.
Investigators reviewed surveillance video of the area and were able to identify a vehicle used in the commission of the theft. It was soon discovered that the vehicle was also wanted in connection with the theft of a Kubota tractor from the town of Brunswick in April of 2020.
State police received tips regarding the owner of the vehicle after releasing a photo of the stolen tractor and suspect vehicle on social media.
Further investigation lead state police to the owner of the vehicle and eventually to Markus and Lawless who used it to transport the stolen tractor and the stolen excavator.
Both men were charged with Grand Larceny 3rd degree (D felony) and Criminal Mischief 4th degree (A misdemeanor) on September 23, 2020 for the theft of the tractor.
On April 26, 2021, state police received an Order to Produce for Frank Markus and he was transported from Saratoga County Correctional Facility where he was incarcerated on similar charges, to SP Saratoga for processing. He was arraigned virtually in Albany City Court and returned to Saratoga County Correctional Facility. Lawless, who was also incarcerated in Saratoga County Correctional Facility, was similarly processed, and arraigned on April 27, 2021. Both men are due back in court on a later date.