NY man arrested for theft while ‘sleep walking’

Michael Lamalfa (Courtesy: WTEN/Schenectady Police Department)

SCHENECTADY, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A New York man claims he was just sleep walking when he allegedly stole items from several vehicles.

Authorities responded to a vehicle parked illegally call in Schenectady, N.Y. at 3:45 a.m. on Wednesday.

Michael Lamalfa, 28, was identified as the driver of the vehicle but was nowhere to be found, according to officers.

Authorities checked the area extensively for the suspect, but were unable to locate him.

The vehicle was ticketed and towed for blocking a driveway. Police found a backpack inside the vehicle that held several iPods and cellphones.

Lamalfa was charged on September 4, 2015 for possession of stolen property. In that case, he was found to be in possession of a laptop, golf clubs, golf bag and golf cart valued at over $3,000.

At 6: 30 a.m., officers received a call for a man having difficulty standing and walking. When they arrived at the scene, Lamalfa was identified as the individual and appeared disoriented and unsteady on his feet.

He provided no explanation as to why he was in the neighborhood and stated that he must have been sleepwalking, having no recollection of the past several hours.

Officers found a large amount of loose change and three iPods in his possession. He was then turned over to Glenville police on unrelated charges while Rotterdam detectives worked to locate the owners of the items.

Two separate victims have identified items in Lamalfa’s possession as stolen and he is expected to be charged in connection to those crimes at his next court appearance.


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