The Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office is investigating a pair of daylight break-ins in town.
Both incidents occurred Thursday. Lt. Jeff Brown said it is unclear exactly when during the day the burglaries occurred, but noted that the two places burglarized were single-family residences, and that no one was home when the crimes took place. There were signs of force entry at both locations, and jewelry was stolen from both, he said.
Brown would not identify the location of the break-ins, citing privacy concerns for the victims who don't want media attention and adding that he didn't want the residents nearby to be concerned about being targeted. However, he did say that the neighborhood is very small, with only a few streets.
"It's a really small neighborhood," he said Friday afternoon. "It's not like Country Knolls, where there are tons of houses."
Clifton Park Town Supervisor Phil Barrett said he had spoken to the Sheriff’s Office on Thursday about the crimes.
He said the burglaries took place in an area along Route 146. He couldn’t provide more specific information about the location, but said he didn’t believe the two incidents were indicative of longer string of crimes that should be a cause for worry.
“It’s a town of 14,000-plus households,” Barrett said. “[Break-ins] do happen on occasion.”
But he also emphasized that even one break-in is too many.
“Any time anything like this occurs to any Clifton Park resident, it’s certainly concerning to everybody,” he said.
This type of incident is not unheard-of in Clifton Park. About four years ago, a string of approximately 17 burglaries occurred in the Country Knolls North subdivision. Ultimately, police arrested a 27-year-old resident of the development, who later admitted that he had traded stolen goods for heroin. But Brown said that at this point, there is no indication that the crimes were drug-related.
"It is a common thing that we see," he said. "But we don't have anything to indicate that that's the case."
Barrett also urged residents to make sure their cars and homes are locked. He added that the town has its own public safety department, and that officers of the state police and Sheriff's Office conduct regular patrols through town during the day and night.
Burglaries are often difficult to solve, said Brown. The department is continuing to investigate, he said, but often town residents are the most helpful in solving these types of crimes, since they are the ones who most often notice when someone unfamiliar is in their area. Anyone who sees something they believe to be suspicious should contact the police, he said.
"Neighborhood watches are great," he said. "Keeping an eye on your neighborhood is a good thing."