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Deputies investigating more Clifton Park home burglaries

Deputies investigating more Clifton Park home burglaries

Burglars entering victims' homes through doors or windows left unlocked
Deputies investigating more Clifton Park home burglaries
Photographer: gazette file photo

SARATOGA COUNTY -- The Sheriff's Department is investigating a series of home burglaries that occurred at night in Clifton Park while homeowners slept.

Captain Jeff Brown of the Sheriff's Department confirmed on Monday that the department was investigating what he described as a "handful" of home break-ins that occurred during nighttime hours last week in the Judith Drive area.

He would not elaborate on how many break-ins occurred, but noted that they were in the Judith Drive area in the south of Clifton Park.

Items in plain sight, including wallets, cash and purses were taken from the homes, he said. All of the incidents occurred while the homeowners were asleep in their homes, Brown said.

The burglars are entering the victims' homes through doors or windows that have been left unlocked, Brown said. Nothing has been broken and no locks have been picked to get into the houses, he said.

"They're not using tools or anything to break in," Brown said. "If the homes were locked up it's possible that they might not have been victims."

The burglars most likely are not using tools to avoid making loud noises that could alert homeowners to their presence, Brown said.

Deputies are viewing surveillance video taken from the homes of victims. The video comes from different types of security systems, including doorbell or other overhead cameras.

Brown said that personalized security systems that are being used by homeowners are becoming more and more common, and often are effective in assisting burglary investigations.

"It's just a popular thing now," Brown said. "We're looking at that and following leads."

The town is not a stranger to quickly moving groups of burglaries, either of cars or homes. 

In April, the New York State Police issued a directive for Clifton Park residents to lock their cars and homes after various items, including laptops, were being stolen from cars in the Clifton Knolls neighborhood.

In February, the Sheriff's Department investigated a string of overnight car break-ins and home burglaries at two Clifton Park neighborhoods: Country Knolls West and Clifton Knolls.

Most recently, in mid-September, a group of individuals known as the "Felony Lane Gang" was targeting vehicles in Saratoga County.

Those break-ins, which occurred in Clifton Park, Malta and Halfmoon, involved the suspects stealing wallets and purses and then going to local banks to withdraw cash from the victims' bank accounts, often while wearing disguises and using the victims' identification cards.

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