ALBANY, NY (NEWS10) – The New York State Police (NYSP) last Tuesday caught 56-year-old Frank Markus von Delmar and 61-year-old Steven Lawless of Colonie after a year-long investigation into the reported theft of an excavator and flatbed trailer from the Liberty Street parking lot in Arrested Albany.

New York State Police arrested Markus and Lawless for Grade 2 Grand Larceny (C crimes), Criminal possession of Grade 2 stolen property (C crimes), and Grade 4 conspiracies (E crimes).

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In March 2020, state police said they had received a complaint from a company carrying out construction work in the area. Employees reportedly returned to work to find that the excavator and trailer stored there had disappeared. The excavator is said to be valued at more than $ 64,000.

Investigators checked the surveillance video of the area and were able to identify a vehicle used in the theft. It was soon discovered that, according to the state police, the vehicle was also wanted in connection with the theft of a Kubota tractor from the city of Braunschweig in April 2020.

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Using social media, state police said they received tips about the owner of the vehicle after posting a photo of the stolen tractor and the suspicious vehicle. Further investigations led state police to the owner of the vehicle and ultimately to Markus and Lawless, who reportedly used it to transport the stolen tractor and excavator.

Both men were charged with theft of the tractor on September 23, 2020 on the following charges:

  • Grand Larceny 3rd degree (D crime)
  • 4th degree criminal mischief (an offense) on September 23, 2020 for theft of the tractor.

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Last Monday state police said they had received a production contract for Markus and he was taken to SP Saratoga from the Saratoga County Correctional Facility, where he was held on similar allegations, for processing. He was tried virtually in Albany City Court and returned to the Saratoga County Correctional Facility. Lawless, who was also incarcerated in the Saratoga County Correctional Facility, was similarly processed and charged on April 27, 2021.

Both men will appear in court at a later date.