Fort Edward man accused of masterminding teen crime ring
February 03, 2018 11:32 PM
FORT EDWARD - 50-year-old Edward Robinson has been indicted on charges accusing him of operating a youth burglary ring according to Fort Edward Police.
The group includes a 15-year-old teen who was arrested days after a November 27th fire last year at 5 McKie Street, right across the street from Robinson's home, which is also on McKie Street.
“It makes me nervous, because we have a business and a lot of equipment in here,” said Greg Savage, who also lives on McKie Street.
Savage can recall calling for help during the fire.
“I ran outside and there it would be with flaming out before anyone even made call,” he said.
Police allege the McKie Street fire was set by the 15-year-old and Robinson to cover up a burglary at the home as well as other burglaries directed by Robinson.
“There was a handful of burglaries that the suspect there Eddie Robinson and some of these juveniles had been implicated in,” Derway said.
Debris still lay outside of 5 McKie Street months after the blaze. The home is just a charred shell of what it used to be.
To making matters worse, Savage said the man who once at 5 McKie Street had no home insurance.
Savage is just glad his family wasn’t burglarized since they live right across the street from Robinson.
“We're in and out a lot so yeah we would've been an easy pick four him,” Savage said.
Police said Robinson is linked to several burglaries.
Exactly how many is unclear.
Fort Edward Police said they involve weapons, including several guns stolen in one burglary and swords that were stolen in another – all before McKie Street fire.
“That was after the burglary where the guns were stolen and that was after we had executed the search warrant looking for those guns and found the swords that were taking during a burglary that was at 5 McKie St. prior to the fire,” Derway said.
The stolen guns, which were initially sold at a store in Vermont, and the swords have all been recovered by police.
Now that Robinson and the 15-year-old behind the arson on McKie Street are behind bars, Savage is resting a little more easily.
“I sleep much better now knowing with the situation is and that it's an isolated incident,” Savage said.
NewsChannel 13’s media partner, The Post Star reports Robinson has a prior felony attempted burglary conviction and is currently behind bars in Washington County Jail.
Updated: February 03, 2018 11:32 PM
Created: February 03, 2018 06:22 PM
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