Guitar theft from hotel equals 11-year prison term

ALBANY — An Albany man’s seventh felony conviction — stealing a guitar from a hotel —  landed him a state prison term of 11 years, Albany County prosecutors said Friday.

District Attorney David Soares’ office said Latif Shamsuddin, 52, was also sentenced to five years of post release supervision, before Judge William A. Carter in Albany County Court.

On May 25, 2016, Shamsuddin was found guilty after a jury trial of one burglary count.

The jury found that on Aug. 15, 2016, he entered Modern Body Art on South Pearl Street in Albany, with the intent to sell a guitar that he claimed was once owned by his father, according to prosecutors.

The clerk bought the guitar at a heavily reduced price but suspected it might be stolen and called police, who determined a guitar matching the description had been stolen from the Hilton Hotel on Lodge Street that same day.

Shamsuddin was filmed on hotel security cameras with the guitar and was arrested three days after the sale.

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