ALBANY Albany police are investigating two burglaries that occurred in the Pine Hills neighborhood over the weekend and sent a couple to the hospital.
The first incident occurred in the early morning hours of Sunday. Officers responded to a report of a burglary on the 500 block of Warren Street, where residents told them two men had come into their home while they were sleeping, entering through an unlocked basement window.
The couple woke up in the middle of the burglary and were forced into the living room, where the suspects demanded money and their cell phones. One resident, a 32-year-old man, was struck in the head and arm with a blunt object before the suspects eventually fled the scene.
The couple was treated at the scene by firefighters and taken to St. Peter’s Hospital. The man had a laceration to his head and a fractured arm, and the woman was evaluated as a precaution. They have since been released.
Police responded to another home in the neighborhood later that morning around 9:45 a.m. for reports of another burglary. The resident of a home on the 600 block of Mercer Street said that someone had entered her apartment in the middle of the night while she was sleeping, gaining entry through an unlocked basement. She said they took items from her apartment and fled.
Anyone with information about the burglaries is asked to call the Albany Police Detectives Division at 462-8039.
Police are also urging the community to keep several tips in mind to protect against burglaries:
• Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
• Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
• Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
• Keep your garage door closed and locked.
• Don’t allow daily deliveries of mail, newspapers or flyers build up while you are away. Arrange with the Post Office to hold your mail, or arrange for a friend or neighbor to take them regularly.
• Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
• Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices as necessary.
• Pushbutton locks on doorknobs are easy for burglars to open. Install deadbolt locks on all your outside doors.
• Sliding glass doors are vulnerable. Special locks are available for better security.