State police from Cobleskill happened upon a burglary in progress in the town of Gilboa early this morning, catching a man and woman driving away from a home they had just allegedly burglarized.
Troopers Jason Seaman and Mark DeMichele stopped the vehicle around 1:55 a.m. as it began to drive away from a home on Potter Mountain Road, and observed a large tool box in the back seat, as well as footprint in the snow leading up to the home, according to state police.
Troopers said Wendy J. Ryan, 52, of Huntersland Road, Middleburgh, and William A. Person, 41, of Reed Street, Northville, had entered the home and taken a flat screen television, DVD player and tool box, and then entered a crawl space to remove copper pipes, ultimately destroying the home’s heating system. Each was charged with second-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief.
State police executed a search warrant on Ryan’s vehicle, a 1999 Mercury with a sign advertising “Free Salvage Removal” on the door. Troopers said they found copper in the trunk, and are working with the Schoharie County District Attorney’s Office in anticipation of additional charges.
Ryan was released, while Person was arraigned in Cobleskill Town Court and sent to the Schoharie County jail on $5,000 cash bail or $10,000 bond.