BALLSTON SPA — A career criminal from Staten Island who was caught trespassing in a Saratoga Springs woman’s home in 2014 pleaded guilty this week to felony burglary, District Attorney Karen Heggen said.
Robert H. Costanzo, 47, admitted Wednesday in Saratoga County Court to breaking into the home on American Way in the Regatta View neighborhood on April 4, 2014.
During the late-night burglary, the homeowner saw Costanzo on her second-floor landing and shouted at him, prompting him to flee downstairs and out the front door, according to a report by city police.
Officers searching the area stopped a suspicious black SUV on Regatta View Drive, about one-third of a mile from the burglary scene. They spoke with the driver, later identified as Costanzo, before he threw a punch at an officer and sped off, authorities said. He ditched the vehicle on Overlook Court and escaped on foot.
Costanzo was charged by Spa City police in November 2014, after investigators took him into custody at Rikers Island Correctional Facility, where he had been incarcerated for a registry violation and was due to be released.
He was jailed for about 12 years in 1992 on the charges of criminal possession of a controlled substance, criminal possession of a weapon, first-degree rape and first-degree burglary, according to state Department of Corrections records.
Costanzo is due to be sentenced in Saratoga County Court on Sept. 13.
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