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Police: Career criminal broke into Colonie businesses

September 17, 2019 08:02 PM

COLONIE - Police say they have gotten reports of burglaries from seven businesses in Colonie recently in just a two-month period, beginning at the end of July. Now, a repeat offender is behind bars again. 

Curtis Brisson, 49, of Albany is charged with burglary, attempted burglary, petit larceny, criminal mischief, and resisting arrest. 

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Police say they caught him in the act on Wednesday at about 11 p.m. when he was breaking into the New Panda Chinese Restaurant and Dnipro Euro Deli on Route 9 in Latham, two places police say he has hit before. 

Authorities say he resisted arrest, and fought with police when he was being handcuffed.  

The seven businesses burglarized over the summer in Colonie that Brisson is believed to be responsible for include Surroundings Floral Studio on Vly Road and Pad Thai on Everett Road. 

Police say he'd get away with anything from a few rolls of change, to hundreds of dollars -- whatever he could find in the cash register. 

NewsChannel 13 has done stories on Brisson for years.  He has a long criminal record and has done stints in prison, with convictions dating back 20 years. 

In 2013, he was caught doing a burglary at a business in Guilderland, breaking a door open and forcing his way in. At the time, he was enrolled in drug court for yet another burglary charge.  

This time around, Colonie isn't the only community seeing similar burglaries. 

"Through our partnership with Guilderland Police, the Saratoga County Sheriff's Department, and the Capital Region Crime Analysis Center, they developed a suspect, which is in this case Mr. Brisson," said Colonie Police Lieutenant Robert Winn. "Mr. Brisson had been previously convicted three times for burglary in the Capital Region and most recently his MO was to do Chinese restaurants."

More charges are possible in Colonie and in other communities. 

People at New Panda, which was hit twice, say they are very glad that police caught Brisson.

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Kumi Tucker

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