Posted at: 08/12/2013 11:30 PM
By: Dan Levy
ALBANY - Albany's Pine Hills Neighborhood is on heightened alert these days, dealing with a problem that's not just isolated to that part of the city. People are, however, talking about it in the Pine Hills because of two recent overnight break-ins that wound up escalating into crimes beyond ordinary burglaries.
Under the umbrella things people shouldn't have to live with: graffiti might be one of them; undesirables-in-the-neighborhood might be another.
"I've come through here and people have asked me for money and I've just given it to them just because I don't want any problems," said Sienna Finkle, a student and resident of the Pines Hills for about a year.
The problem lately in Albany's Pine Hills has been crime.
"We need to make sure we feel safe when we walk around these neighborhoods," said Owusu Anane, whose lived in the Pines Hills for about eight years.
It's not just while walking around when people may be vulnerable. Back on July 14th, on the 100 block of Spring Street, someone confronted a 21-year old man in his apartment, at four in the morning.
"(The victim) stated that someone had entered his home in the middle of the night and during the course of the burglary, demanded money and stabbed him above the right shoulder," said Albany Police Spokesman Steve Smith.
The victim survived and within a matter of days, Albany detectives acquired a surveillance photo of someone using the victim's stolen debit card nearby.
Fast forward to August 5th, someone walked into a home around the corner on Ontario Streets at two in the morning, stole money, and stabbed a young woman in the leg.
"It's undetermined right now whether or not the two are related," Smith said.
Regardless of how many suspects are loose in the Pine Hillos, police are now anxious to get the message out about keeping doors and windows locked.
"I shouldn't have to lock my door because there's crimes happening in the neighborhood," Anane asserted, "That's where my tax dollars are going and I want to make sure that in hot summer weather like this, I want to open my window."
If you recognize the person the surveillance photos, contact Albany Police at 462-8039.