Major Robert E. Patnaude
Troop G Commander
On August 26, 2020, State Police in Wilton arrested 53-year-old Eugene F. Wachtel of Glenville, for Burglary 3rd degree (D felony), 3 counts of Petit Larceny (A misdemeanor), 3 counts of Criminal Possession of a Controlled Substance 7th degree (A misdemeanor), Criminal Use of Drug Paraphernalia (A misdemeanor), Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5th degree (A misdemeanor), and Aggravated Unlicensed Operation 2nd degree (misdemeanor).
State Police responded to the area of Walmart on Old Gick Road in Saratoga on Sunday afternoon, after it was reported that a man had fled the store with stolen merchandise. Troopers located a vehicle involved in the larceny a short time later, on State Route 50 in the Town of Wilton.
Upon speaking with the operator, Eugene Wachtel, the Trooper immediately recognized him as a suspect in multiple larcenies that occurred in March of 2020 in Saratoga. Troopers had been looking for Wachtel after he was suspected of stealing $523.37 worth of merchandise from Walmart, $488.30 worth of merchandise from Target, and $121.24 worth of merchandise from Hannaford. Wachtel was also being sought on a burglary charge after it was determined that Hannaford had a standing no trespass order against him.
While speaking with Wachtel, the Trooper observed drug paraphernalia in the cup holder of his vehicle. A subsequent search revealed that Wachtel was in possession of over $450 worth of stolen merchandise from Walmart in Wilton and over $450 worth of stolen merchandise from Target in Wilton. He was also in possession of small quantity of crack cocaine and drug paraphernalia. Further investigation determined that Wachtel’s license was revoked and he was driving with multiple suspensions.
Wachtel was taken into custody and transported to SP Wilton for processing. He was arraigned by a representative of Wilton Town Court and remanded to Saratoga County Jail without bail. He is due in Saratoga Springs City Court on May 5, 2020 and Wilton Town Court on the same date at 4:00 p.m.