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Posted on: November 27, 2018

Police Press Release - Bethlehem Police Arrest Man for Burglary After DNA Match

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            The Bethlehem Police Department recently arrested a man in regards to a 2016 burglary as the result of a DNA hit developed by Bethlehem Police and the New York State Police Crime Lab.  On February 28, 2016, the Bethlehem Police Department responded to a reported burglary a local vehicle repair shop in Delmar.  It was reported that overnight unknown persons forced entry to the business and stole multiple tools, and equipment from the business.

            Responding Bethlehem Police members secured evidence for DNA analysis that was subsequently forwarded to the New York State Police Laboratory.  As a result of the evidence seized, DNA was located by the State Police Lab and it resulted in a match of a known offender who was already on file with the DNA databank.

            Bethlehem Police arrested Anthony P. Malatesta, 51, who is currently in custody of the New York State Department of Corrections, in regards to previous unrelated burglary offenses.  Malatesta was charged with felony counts of Burglary in the third degree and Grand Larceny in the third degree.  He was remanded back to the custody of the Department of Corrections and is scheduled to return to Bethlehem Court on December 18, 2018, at 4:00PM.  The Bethlehem Police Department is continuing their investigation into this case, and other burglaries that took place during that time period.