Police in Washington, Rensselaer and Bennington counties looking for brazen burglars

December 09, 2018 03:25 PM

HEBRON - They broke into her 200-year-old home on Sunday morning.

"I don't like the idea of someone coming in my house when I'm not at home and taking things that aren't theirs," said the Washington County woman who asked that NewsChannel 13 not identify her or where she lives.

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Just a few minutes after she left for a church function, burglars swept in, kicking in the door and helping themselves to cash reserved for a charity.

"It actually makes me sad, because if they're taking it because they're using drugs, I'm sorry for them that they have a habit that they have to sustain by robbing from other people," she said.

This type of daytime burglary has been happening often lately in other small towns like White Creek, Salem and Easton.

Police describe the burglaries as "almost like smash and grabs," saying the thieves are in the homes for a short time, and take jewelry and money, but sometimes leave electronics and other valuables behind.

"Making sure they're in and out quickly to avoid being caught by police or neighbors or somebody coming back to the residence," said Senior Investigator Robert Stampfli of the New York State Police.
These cases are being handled by the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the Rensselaer County Sheriff's Office, and State Police in Brunswick and Greenwich.

Two of the cases have involved the theft of guns. In one house, the burglars stole a couple rifles, in another that was reported Thursday, thieves stole two handguns.

Police urge extra vigilance.  

"We certainly recommend locking even your vehicle doors, your home doors, securing whatever you can," said Senior Investigator Kristen Hardy of the Washington County Sheriff's Office.

The woman whose home was burglarized had some advice for her neighbors, "Keep their eyes open, keep their doors locked. Although that didn't help in my case."

UPDATE- New York State Police arrested Jeremy Joseph Sunday morning. They identified Joseph from security footage at one of the home's he broke into yesterday. They believe he's responsible for at least 3 burglaries in Washington County, 3 in Rensselaer County and several more in Vermont. December 9, 2018. 


Mark Mulholland

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