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Middleburgh pair indicted in string of daytime burglaries

Middleburgh pair indicted in string of daytime burglaries

Two Middleburgh residents are facing 14 counts in an indictment alleging they committed several thef

Two Middleburgh residents are facing 14 counts in an indictment alleging they committed several thefts over a three-month period this summer.

The case is one of several Schoharie County District Attorney James Sacket said represent a "disturbing trend" of increased daytime burglaries in the county.

Alicia M. Lott, 36, and Ephraim Moultrie, 27, are charged with seven counts each of second-degree burglary, a felony, and petty larceny, a misdemeanor.

Moultrie and Lott were apprehended by state police responding to a call of a burglary in progress Sept. 1, state police reported at the time. Police said a subsequent search of the pair's residence on Brooky Hollow Road turned up about 30 items, including flat-screen TVs, computers, jewelry, firearms and electronics believed to be proceeds from the burglaries.

Both are jailed on $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond.

Sacket said today there's been a spate of burglaries in the county, many of which involve the theft of cash or electronics that burglars are selling. He said the burglaries coincide with an increase in illegal and prescription drug use.

A common scheme, Sacket said, involves burglars stopping by homes in hopes they are unoccupied. In past incidents, potential burglars found inside homes told those who approached them that they were responding to advertisements about property for sale on Craigslist.

"I caution people to keep their homes locked, and their cars locked too," Sacket said.

In an unrelated indictment handed up Wednesday, two Schoharie residents are accused of burglarizing a town of Broome home and then burning it down May 28.

Gina M. Carpenter, 33, and Amber Brown, 18, are charged with second-degree burglary and third-degree arson, both felonies, and petty larceny, a misdemeanor.

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