ROTTERDAM, N.Y. - Police in Rotterdam have arrested three individuals for arson after an investigation showed they were responsible for damaging an East Claremont Avenue home with explosives and tools.
Rotterdam police say jealously was the motivation in the attacks on the local man's home. During a press conference Tuesday, police explained that 33-year-old Larry Ahrens was seeking revenge on his ex-girlfriend's new lover. Police say he then allegedly hired two additional suspects, 33-year-old Michael Chambers and his girlfriend 31-year-old Amy Brzoza, to toss explosives into the victim's home causing tens of thousands of dollars in damage.
Rotterdam police say on four separate occasions the particular home was targeted. The home was first damaged on March 5th when a suspect damaged the siding with a screwdriver, causing hundreds of dollars in damage. The second incident occurred on March 11th when an explosive device was detonated on the victim's truck while parked at his East Claremont Avenue home, causing more than $11,000 in damage.
Police say the third incident happened on March 17th when an explosive was thrown into the victim's bedroom window while he slept, causing thousands of dollars in damages. And on March 25th, an explosive device detonated the roof of the same victim's home after being thrown from a moving car, police say.
Law enforcement from the New York State Police, Rotterdam Police Department, and Bureau of Alcohol Tobacco and Firearms installed 24-hour surveillance units in the High Bridge area of Rotterdam for over three weeks after the incidents, and on April 22nd observed the suspects traveling on East Claremont Avenue throwing an explosive device at the home.
Police attempted to pull the vehicle over around 11:30 p.m. but the suspects did not stop, and instead struck both a vehicle operated by state police and a vehicle operated by the Rotterdam Police Chief.
Police arrested Chambers of 626 Draper Avenue in Rotterdam, Brzoza of 7 Kellar Avenue in Rotterdam, and Ahrens of 1773 Amsterdam Avenue in Rotterdam charging them each with one count of Arson 1st-degree and two counts of Arson 3rd-degree, all felonies. They have all been remanded to the Schenectady County Jail without bail.
Rotterdam police say additional charges will be filed as the investigation continues.
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