Burglaries in Rotterdam put residents on high alert


ROTTERDAM, N.Y. (NEWS10) – A local police department is warning residents to keep their home locked and secured, after receiving reports of burglaries and attempted burglaries in the area.

Rotterdam police say the crime spree took place in three parts of the town, including a neighborhood off of Route 7.

“You think that your neighborhood is safe but obviously it’s not,” said concerned neighbor, Filomena DiCristofaro.

DiCristofaro feels a little uneasy after many of her neighbors’ homes were almost broken into.

“You’re constantly looking out the window you know making sure the neighborhood is still okay,” DiCristofaro said.

One happened feet away from her home, with the perpetrator ripping through a window screen.

“It was their house first. They’re the ones that called the police,” DiCristofaro.

Rotterdam Police say the crimes happened sometime late Friday night into early Saturday morning in the areas of East Campbell Road, Hollywood Avenue and Mary Lane.

The suspects appeared to break into two sheds and steal a set of car keys and a car, which was eventually found in Schenectady.

Their method of entry was through rear doors and windows.

“My daughter and I were awake. We were watching TV when this was all happening,” DiCristofaro said.

DiCristofaro thinks that’s the reason they skipped her house.

But, in the meantime police want to remind people to keep your doors, windows and vehicles locked at all times and to keep porch lights on.

“We’ve always done that, you know we have, because that one time you don’t that’s what’s going to happen,” DiCrisofaro said.

Now she’ll make sure her neighbors make a habit of it too.

“I want to be able to walk comfortably down the road and we just don’t want people to be afraid to just be outside of their own home,” DiCristofaro said.

From the Rotterdam Police:“Please report any suspicious behavior or similar incidents to the Rotterdam Police Department as soon as possible at 518-630-0911 or contact the Rotterdam Police Detective Division at 518-355-7397 with any helpful information.”

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