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Schenectady police investigate Northside burglaries

Schenectady police investigate Northside burglaries

Police are warning residents to ensure their homes are secure after a rash of burglaries on the city

Police are warning residents to ensure their homes are secure after a rash of burglaries on the city’s Northside.

The burglaries have all come since Oct. 9 in an area bounded by Foster Avenue and Parkwood Avenue — essentially the GE Realty Plot and the area north of it. They are also similar to one that took place Tuesday morning on Parkwood Boulevard that resulted in a 14-year-old boy being arrested and a second suspect eluding police.

Police spokesman Lt. Mark McCracken said Wednesday that police are investigating whether the youth had any involvement in the other burglaries. The boy was charged in a similar case in Niskayuna two months ago, police said.

In all, police said there have been at least seven successful burglaries and one failed attempt. The burglars have entered through a basement window or rear door each time, always in the late evening or early morning. The suspects have taken cars or car keys in several of the break-ins.

Police think the burglaries are connected because of how they happened and what was taken.

McCracken noted residents should especially check basement windows that are often overlooked. Those windows are often small, but teenagers are often small enough to get through, he said.

In Tuesday morning’s incident, the teen is accused of breaking into a home through a basement window around 2 a.m. The resident apparently discovered the break-in quickly and reported the stolen items, which included two of the residents’ vehicles, a pickup truck and a car.

Both vehicles were spotted by police soon after on Albany Street near Brandywine Avenue. The 14-year-old in the truck pulled over, police said, but the other suspect continued to flee until crashing into a fence at Martin Luther King Jr. Magnet School and escaping on foot.

The Northside was the scene of another string of overnight burglaries in summer 2013. Joshua A. Wise Jr., then 23, was charged in that spree, later pleaded guilty and was sentenced to nine years in prison.

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