GANSEVOORT – A Gansevoort man fled a domestic dispute and then broke into another residence Sunday, leading those homeowners to hide and call 911, state police said.
He is accused of stealing items from inside that residence. No one was hurt, troopers said.
Austin S. Griffith, 29, of Gansevoort, was arrested and charged with one count each of second-degree burglary and third-degree criminal mischief, felonies. He also faces a violation harassment count.
The incidents happened early Sunday morning, state police said. Troopers were called to a residence there just after 4:30 a.m. for a domestic dispute. Griffith is accused of ripping the side view mirrors off of the victim’s car and damaging a mailbox, state police said. He then fled the scene.
Troopers patrolled the area, looking for Griffith, but did not immediately find him. Then, just after 7 a.m., troopers received a call for a burglary in progress at a residence a short distance away, state police said.
The homeowners there retreated to a master bedroom and called 911 after they were awakened by a man opening their bedroom door, state police said.
Troopers later determined the burglar to be Griffith, who had again fled the scene. Investigators determined Griffith had entered, taken property from the homeowners.
Troopers then found Griffith a short time later, when he returned to the scene of the earlier domestic dispute, state police said.
Griffith was arraigned and ordered held on $10,000 bail.