Police are investigating a string of burglaries in one Saratoga Springs neighborhood. YNN's Erin Moran reports.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- “The homeowners were asleep in the home. They heard somebody downstairs in their house and called 911,” said Lieutenant John Catone with the Saratoga Springs Police.
Officers responded early Wednesday morning to a burglary in progress on Horseshoe Drive in Saratoga. When they arrived, the suspect had already run into the woods. But investigating quickly, police realized the situation was a little more extensive.
“They found that a large number of vehicles had been gone through during the course of the night,” said Catone.
Nineteen vehicles along Horseshoe, Furlong and Thoroughbred drives, along with one home, were rummaged through, according to Catone. He said while some smaller items were stolen, nothing major was reported missing.
“The burglar or potential thieves were looking probably for the normal stuff which is change, laptops, iPods, jewelry, anything they can move quickly and turn for cash,” said Catone.
Police are reminding residents of some safety measures to prevent being burglarized, including not leaving valuables in your car overnight, locking the doors of your car and locking your homes up, as well.
“People are stealing valuables, they're stealing change, so they can turn around and sell or trade off for their next fix,” said Catone.
He said police have had a large number of both home and car burglaries throughout the summer. Those arrests have led to connections with the drug industry.
“Is it too soon to say that this is absolutely the cause behind this? Yes. But our history tells us that there is a very good probability that this may be a reason behind that,” said Catone.
Police aren't sure if there was one or more people involved in this particular string of robberies. If you have any information, you're urged to contact Saratoga Springs police at (518) 584-1800.