Surveillance video shows City Hall vandalism spree

Posted at: 09/06/2013 5:03 PM
Updated at: 09/06/2013 5:50 PM
By: Mark Mulholland

SARATOGA SPRINGS - The video shows a man teetering back and forth, nearly ready to fall. Matthew Zecchini isn't swaying to the music.

Police say the 21-year-old Moreau man was under the influence early in the morning of March 16 when he wandered up the ramp to a side door of City Hall.

He threw things around for about 12 minutes outside the door and when he couldn't kick it in, he used a block to smash the glass and climb in.

City Hall surveillance cameras pick him up on the second floor.

Police say he was there for a half-hour and he'd broken another window before he picked up a fire extinguisher.

After spraying it near City Court, Zecchini decides to make his way downstairs.

But navigating stairs, while intoxicated, and carrying an extinguisher, can be tricky.

So Zecchini rests there for a bit before heading down to the main floor of City Hall. Passing the City Council Chambers and the Mayor's office before deciding to make a left and go down more stairs. All while carrying the fire extinguisher.

But those stairs led directly to the police department.

And lo and behold. The police hear him and see him coming, carrying a City Hall fire extinguisher.

An officer goes to check things out and radios back about the damage he finds.

Zecchini is placed under arrest.