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Trio charged with setting Gloversville tannery fire

Trio charged with setting Gloversville tannery fire

Three charged with felony arson
Trio charged with setting Gloversville tannery fire
Firefighters on the scene of a tannery fire in Gloversville, Feb. 10, 2018.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber

The Gloversville Police Department arrested three teenagers and charged them with arson in connection with the fire that burned down the former JBF Mill.

All three were charged with fourth-degree arson, a class E felony, and first degree reckless endangerment, a class D felony.

Charged were Allen H. Vosburgh Jr., 17, of 5 Getman St., Gloversville, Joseph S. Banovic Jr., 17, of 111 Second Ave., Mayfield, and David C. Taylor, 19, of 18 Lexington Ave., Gloversville.

[Vacant Gloversville tannery catches fire]

Police allege that on Feb. 10, Banovic, Vosburgh and Taylor intentionally started a fire that resulted in the destruction of the former mill building. Police Lt. Brad Schaffer said although the police are alleging that the fire was set intentionally, they are not at this time saying the three intended to burn down the building.

"They were looking for some place that they had relatively easy access to, and the fire started as a result of that," Schaffer said. "There are conflicting reports on what the motivation was, but I can tell you that we're alleging that the fire was the result of the intentional setting of a fire inside of a building."

According to police, the investigation of the fire included numerous interviews and included surveillance video from both public and private sources.

"I would say the surveillance footage played a significant role. Through some of the resources we have in the community, both publicly and privately held, surveillance footage, we reviewed all of that. We were given some tips by local agencies, regarding the identity of some of the people who were identified in the surveillance footage that we released in the immediate aftermath of the fire," Schaffer said.

Police said Banovic and Vosburgh came into the police station for arrest, where they were held for arraignment. After several attempts to locate Taylor, police said they issued an arrest warrant for him and arrested him on April 21.

Mayor Dayton King praised the efforts of the police.

"I am proud of the work of the Gloversville Police Department," he said. "This is another good example of how we continue to follow leads weeks and months after initial incidents happen."

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