Posted at: 08/14/2013 11:51 PM
By: Dan Levy
SCHENECTADY - What are the odds that less than 24 hours after installing a new video surveillance system a landlord captures a burglary suspect in the act? That's exactly what happened in Schenectady Wednesday morning.
A man wearing a winter hat on a summer day could be seen on surveillance video canvassing the property at 310 Brandywine Avenue in Schenectady, just after sun up on Wednesday. He waved his hand outside the driveway window and then again outside the front door. When no one waved back, the man walked up the driveway, slit the screen on a basement window, pushed the window open, and then climbed through into the house.
Several minutes later, a video camera on the other side of the house captured the man, plain as daylight, coming out the side door with two window fans, and assorted loot carried in plastic bags.
"Our cell phones, our computers, our cameras, a wallet, and money (were taken)," says Stacey Long, a Chinese exchange student living in the Schenectady for the summer. What's especially troubling for Long is that the burglar also got away with her passport and she needs to fly home at the end of the month.
"I am shocked!," exclaimed Yuchien Huang, Long's roommate, also an exchange student, who says crime is very uncommon in China, she's never seen it. Now her apartment in Schenectady has been broken into twice in one week.
"It's got to be somebody who noticed there was only girls over there," theorized Ghanshyam Gocool, the landlord who lives next door.
AFter the first break-in on Monday night, Gocool immediately purchased and put up eight new security cameras on Tuesday night. Then, on Wednesday morning, the burglar showed up.
"100% I guarantee this camera is going to protect me from everything," he says.
Gocool says he doesn't recognize the burglar, neither do the girls, so he's hoping for someone else to put a name with the face, or else hope police can find a fingerprint match.
In the meantime, after two break-ins in one week, his tenants were packing their belonging Wednesday night and moving to a new location for the rest of their US visit.
"Now we move out and we live (in) a new house where we feel more safe," Long said.
As of airtime Wednesday night Schenectady Police had made no arrests.