Recorder News Staff

An Amsterdam man is facing several charges after he allegedly stole a vehicle and then abandoned it, along with possessing several stolen items, according to police reports.


Amsterdam police arrested Joseph Kellogg, 21, 25 Storrie St., on Saturday and charged him with third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, a felony, fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, resisting arrest and disorderly conduct.

New York State Police also charged Kellogg on Saturday with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, fourth-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny.

State Police respond Saturday morning to Church Street in the Village of Hagaman for an abandoned vehicle on a homeowner’s lawn. Troopers determined Kellogg allegedly stole a vehicle overnight from a John Street home in the village and then drove it onto the Church Street property. Kellogg allegedly attempted to turn the vehicle around and caused significant damage to the lawn before the abandoning the stuck vehicle at the scene.

Troopers interviewed several neighborhood residents and learned property was stolen from inside of multiple vehicles in the community.

Amsterdam police while on patrol Saturday observed Kellogg and another male riding bicycles. When Kellogg and the other bicyclist spotted the police car they allegedly put hoods on and started to pedal away from police.

Amsterdam police eventually caught up to Kellogg and arrested him. City police and troopers worked together after Kellogg was taken into custody.

State Police said Kellogg was allegedly found to be in possession of multiple cellular phones and loose change when Amsterdam police arrested him. Kellogg also allegedly had a switchblade knife in his possession, according to city police.

Kellogg allegedly admitted to the vehicle theft and stealing items from neighborhood vehicles, according to State Police.

Kellogg was arraigned in Amsterdam Town Court and remanded to Montgomery County jail in lieu of bail. He is scheduled to appear later this month in court.

State Police said additional arrests are expected and investigation is ongoing into the incident. Amsterdam police are also continuing the department’s investigation.