- Associated Press - Wednesday, August 5, 2015

KERHONKSON, N.Y. (AP) - State police say a 24-year-old upstate New York man has been charged with getting two teenagers with mental disabilities to commit burglaries and other crimes.

Troopers say Shaun Vandyke of Kerhonkson in Ulster County directed a 13- and 15-year-old to steal from homes near Vandyke’s residence along the Rochester-Wawarsing town line. Police say he then sold some of the stolen goods at local pawn shops and had the teens destroy and discard some of the rest.

A 34-year-old woman also has been charged in connection with the burglaries.

The charges against Vandyke include burglary and endangering the welfare of an incompetent or physically disabled. He’s being held Wednesday in the county jail. It couldn’t be determined if he has a lawyer.

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