TROY, N.Y. – Troy officers caught four burglary suspects while attending a domestic violence training seminar on the RPI campus.
On Friday, the Troy Police Department was conducting domestic violence training at a facility located on the RPI Campus; the Haffner Alumni House on Peoples Avenue at 13th Street. During the training session, an officer noticed four teenage males in the adjacent parking lot on the RPI Campus. Alerting other attendees to his observations, it was realized by the officers that the youths were checking car doors in the lot, acting in a manner conducive to theft.
The officers took it upon themselves to notify patrol units assigned to the area and then deployed from the building, leaving through several different points of exit in an attempt to not alarm the suspects and cause them to flee.
Upon arrival of marked patrol units, the officers on foot were able to apprehend one of the individuals; the other three, on bikes, were picked up within minutes a short distance from the scene.
After proper examination of items contained in the backpacks of the individuals, it was determined that proceeds from a burglary which occurred the previous day in the Town of Brunswick may be present.
The New York State Police, Brunswick Barracks, was notified and they immediately responded to assist in the identification of the property and interview of the individuals. According to officer, the four suspects were involved not only in the burglary of a residence in Brunswick but also the theft of a vehicle and the larceny of close to $60,000 worth of property.
The interviews led to the recovery of the stolen vehicle, a Rolex watch valued at approximately $7000, $15,000 worth of jewelry and several other items, including at least one computer.
Troy police recovered additional items from the subjects, all juveniles, including hydrocodone pills, burglar's tools and a pellet gun which closely resembled a black, semi-automatic pistol. The subjects also acknowledged that they had stolen and consumed a bottle of 20-year-old Scotch.
Four subjects, all between the ages of 13 to 15 have been charged with numerous crimes, including Burglary, Possession of Stolen property, Possession of Burglar's Tools, Possession of a Controlled Substance and Grand larceny. All four subjects have been turned over to parents and guardians and will appear at a later date in the Rennsselaer County Probation Office.
"This is a perfect example of the dedication of our officers, 24 hours a day, seven days a week and the value of cooperative investigative efforts between State and local agencies" said Captain John Cooney, Commander of the Troy Police Training Division. "This is one time when I won't be taking an Officer to task for looking out the window during a training session." said Cooney.