Shady activity in a darkened driveway

September 24, 2018 07:00 PM

SCHENECTADY - Peaceful. Quiet. Livable. That's how residents of Cromer Avenue in Schenectady describe their small corner of the world.

"It's a great neighborhood," proclaimed Timothy Kochan, a longtime resident.

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It's the kind of place where people know one another, people get along and people assume that crime is happening every place else.

"I hear about it all the time, but not in this neighborhood," said Terry Jones, a resident of Cromer Avenue.

However, maybe the neighborhood is changing. After a Cromer Avenue resident installed surveillance cameras on the outside of his house, he soon noticed black and white images of what appeared to be teenagers walking up his driveway, and trying to open car doors.

Kochan says he doesn't want to give up on the neighborhood where he grew up, neither does he want to see the kids captured in the video wind up where he used to work, at Dannemora State Prison.

"I've seen the prison system," he said.  "I've seen what it's like. Prison isn't so dandy and romantic like it is sometimes portrayed in the movies. Believe me it isn't."

The homeowner who found the pictures says he intends to share them with police, hoping they'll recognize the culprits.

Meanwhile, many folks realize it isn't always easy recognizing someone who might be out of place.

"No, I wouldn't (know if someone I saw belongs here)," Jones admitted. "A lot of people go by here."

"I'm going to be checking things out more," Kochan stated. "I know some people think I'm a pain in the neck, but I check everything out."


Dan Levy

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