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Plenty of sunshine. High near 25F. Winds NW at 5 to 10 mph..
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Updated: January 30, 2022 @ 4:34 am
Tyler D. Meltz

Tyler D. Meltz
COLONIE — A Columbia County man was taken to the Albany County Jail following a crime spree Thursday that included an armed robbery and police pursuit on a runway at Albany International Airport.
Tyler D. Meltz, 27, of Hillsdale was taken into custody on a long list of felony charges.
Meltz is accused of committing an armed robbery at Macy’s in Colonie Center, stealing a car from Stewart’s on Albany-Shaker Road, and then leading police on a chase that involved his car crashing through a fence at the airport, according to Colonie Police.
On Thursday, at about 3:15 p.m., Colonie police were sent to Macy’s, 1417 Central Ave., in Colonie Center after receiving a report of an armed robbery. Meltz attempted to steal jewelry from the jewelry counter, and in doing so, displayed what appeared to be a handgun. Meltz left the store and fled in a dark-colored sedan, police said.
Based on the description of the suspect, police were quickly able to determine that Meltz was most likely the same suspect who had stolen a car earlier in the day in Colonie. The car theft took place at Stewart’s at 406 Albany-Shaker Road about 2 p.m., police said.
Police located Meltz in the stolen vehicle on Wolf Road. Officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but Meltz led them on a brief pursuit. The pursuit led down a dead-end of Old Niskayuna Road, bordering airport property. Meltz drove the vehicle through a fence, and onto an airport runway. He then left the airport property through another fence and abandoned the vehicle in the parking lot of the Pepsi Beverages Company, at 421 Old Niskayuna Road, police said.
Police found Meltz a short time later in the parking lot of a nearby business, according to Colonie police. He was taken into custody with the assistance of members of the Albany County Sheriff’s Office.
According to airport authorities, the runway Meltz drove onto was not active at the time of the incident, and operations at the airport were uninterrupted.
No injuries were reported as a result of the robbery or pursuit, police said.
Meltz was charged by police with second-degree attempted robbery, second-degree attempted grand larceny, third-degree grand larceny, first-degree reckless endangerment, and numerous vehicle and traffic violations.
Additional charges may be forthcoming, police said.
Meltz was arraigned in Town of Colonie Justice Court, and was remanded to the Albany County Jail, where is being held without bail.
At the time of his recent arrest, Meltz had three active warrants for his arrest from the Rotterdam Police Department, the Columbia County Sheriff’s Office and the Greenport Police Department, police said.
Meltz was currently out on bail for several arrests over the past year.
Meltz was arrested in May for allegedly robbing a Key Bank branch in the town of Ulster. Meltz and a woman from Montgomery County were both charged with robbery and grand larceny.
In July, Meltz was charged by Columbia County Sheriff’s deputies with second-degree assault and criminal possession of a weapon for allegedly cutting a victim’s hand with a pocket knife in Greenport.
Meltz was previously arrested by the Colonie Police Department in July 2021, for first-degree robbery, third-degree criminal possession of a weapon, fourth-degree grand larceny, and petit larceny, in connection with several incidents at various locations throughout the town of Colonie.
Colonie police said the investigation into Thursday’s incidents are still active and ongoing.
If someone knows something that might be relevant to the investigation, please contact the Colonie Police Investigations Division at 518-783-2754. If you wish to report a tip anonymously, you can call Capital Region Crimestoppers at 1-833-ALB-TIPS, or go to capitalregioncrimestoppers.com.
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