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Accused rapist now faces burglary charge

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The Rensselaer man, who narrowly escaped felony rape charges last month after a paperwork mistake by the Rensselaer County DA's Office, will be back in court Thursday to answer to a different charge. John Halacy was arrested by Colonie Police following his appearance in Rensselaer City Court Wednesday morning in connection to the rape case. Now, Halacy is being accused of being a thief. Megan Cruz reports.

CAPITAL REGION, N.Y. -- After being freed last month when the Rensselaer County District Attorney's Office made a filing error in his rape case, John Halacy is back in handcuffs, this time, for burglary. He was arrested Wednesday morning at Rensselaer City Court, just minutes after finding out the DA's Office is still trying put him on trial for allegedly raping two teenage girls last winter.

Colonie Police are investigating the burglary.

"A glass door was broken to assist them in getting in, causing slightly more than $1000 of damage during the entry. Once inside, on Thanksgiving Day, they stole a variety of items including electrical devices, computers, video games, a large-screen TV, and some guitars," said Lt. Robert Winn.

The alleged thieves: Halacy, his brother Raymond, 19, and their friend Andre Beverly, 18.

Winn says they do not know why the three picked the Haswell Road home. They stole over $10,000 worth of items. Several of those were recovered at Halacy's 2nd Avenue apartment, in his brother's car, and at a music store in Colonie Center.

They've all been charged with second degree burglary, a felony. Halacy's brother and friend are being held in Florida awaiting extradition. Halacy was supposed to be arraigned Wednesday at Albany County Court, but that's been postponed until Thursday to give the 24-year-old time to get an attorney.

"The only person we had dealt with in the past was John Halacy. He had a shoplifting offense back in 2009," said Winn.

In addition to the burglary and rape cases, there may be a third. On Monday, Department of Homeland Security Officials were seen removing boxes of evidence from his apartment. While they often investigate crimes like ID theft and child pornography, the U.S. Attorney's Office has declined to comment.

"As far as his other legal issues, I have no knowledge of that and I unfortunately can't comment on that," said Winn. "We're just fortunate that the one thing we know he was involved here in Colonie we were able to make an arrest on."

Halacy's arraignment for the burglary is set for Thursday morning. No word on when the grand jury will be convened for the rape case.

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