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State police catch two stealing household items, copper pipes

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COBLESKILL, N.Y. – A 42-year-old man and 52-year-old woman are under arrest after State police caught them in the act during a burglary on Potter Mountain Road in Gilboa Friday morning.

As two troopers approached, the two subjects attempted to drive away.  When troopers stopped the vehicle, they observed a large tool box in the rear seat and footprints in the snow leading to a Potter Mountain Road residence. 

State police arrested William A. Person, 41, of Reed Street, Northville, and Wendy J. Ryan, 52, of Huntersland Road, Middleburgh for Burglary in the 2nd-Degree and Criminal Mischief in the 2nd-Degree, both felonies.

According to police, Person and Ryan had entered the home and removed a flat screen TV, DVD player, and tool box, and then entered a crawl space and removed the copper pipes -- destroying the heating system.

State police executed a search warrant on Ryan's 1999 Mercury and discovered the copper in the trunk. A sign on the door of the vehicle advertised, "Free Salvage Removal."

Person was arraigned in the Town of Cobleskill and remanded to the Schoharie County Jail in lieu of $5,000 cash and $10,000 bond, Ryan was released on her own recognizance.            

State police are working with the Schoharie County District Attorney's Office and additional arrests are anticipated.

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