Residents in the towns of Glen and Florida and village of Fultonville met Wednesday night to share information with local law enforcement on what they see as a rash of burglaries in eastern Montgomery County.
“How many people here have been robbed?” one woman asked at the meeting, which was attended by Sgt. Thomas Flickinger of the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office.
At least five hands shot up in the air among the 50 or so residents who attended the meeting.
Statistics on burglaries in the county are murky. County sheriff’s Investigator Joseph Kilmartin said last week that burglaries are actually down countywide this year, with none occurring in Glen, but one Glen resident said Wednesday night that his house was broken into in July.
Kilmartin said last week that from Jan. 1 to Sept. 5 of 2016, there were 27 burglaries reported countywide. This year through Sept. 5, he said, there were about a dozen that occurred countywide: none in Glen, four in the town of Amsterdam, two in the town of Minden, and one each in the towns of Florida, Palatine, Root and Mohawk. The remaining two occurred in the villages of Fultonville and Hagaman, Kilmartin said. Three of the burglary cases this year were solved by arrest, he said.
He added that sometimes burglaries get falsely reported as larcenies, and vice versa, and that the geographic vagaries of Montgomery County’s various towns and villages may affect data. From the department’s point of view, however, Kilmartin said there’s been no discernible rise in burglary cases.
A state police spokesman reported similar findings on burglary cases…
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