BETHLEHEM, N.Y. – Two Rensselaer County residents were arrested for burglary after a homeowner confronted them and called the police.
A Selkirk resident called Bethlehem police on Sunday, stating she had just confronted two suspects that had entered her home and that they had fled the scene.
Officers responding to the scene observed a vehicle matching the description of the suspect vehicle resulting in the arrest of Aaron Shoemaker, 29, of State Street, Troy, N.Y. and Lindsey J. Rich, 28, of Highway Rt. 150, West Sand Lake, N.Y.
During the investigation, it was determined that Shoemaker and Rich were responsible for multiple burglaries in Albany and Rensselaer counties. Due to having similar open cases, the Albany County Sheriff's Department, East Greenbush Police Department and Schodack Police Department were contacted and are now assisting in this multi-jurisdictional joint investigation.
Shoemaker was charged with Burglary in the 2nd-Degree, Criminal mischief in the 3rd-Degree, Conspiracy in the 4th-Degree, Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th-Degree, Criminally possessing a hypodermic instrument, Possession of burglar's tools and False personation.
He was also wanted on an active warrant from Rensselaer County for violating drug court.
Rich was charged with Burglary in the 2nd-Degree, Criminal mischief in the 3rd-Degree, Conspiracy in the 4th-Degree and Criminal possession of a controlled substance in the 7th-Degree.
Both were processed and arraigned in Bethlehem Town Court and remanded to the Albany County Correctional Facility.