Updated 09/24/2012 05:59 PM
Schoharie police increase patrols
Schoharie residents may start noticing more police cars patrolling their village after a rash of break-ins. But as YNN's Maria Valvanis explains, the increase in criminal activity is bringing two police departments closer together.
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SCHOHARIE, N.Y. -- Schoharie Central Schools Superintendent Brian Sherman said, "What we had was a number of students were vandalizing building."
Superintendent Brian Sherman tells us four students were caught by surveillance cameras Saturday night breaking into school buildings and cruising the hallways on their bicycles.
Schoharie Police Senior Investigator Ray Hoy said, "They were in and out four times. The last time was when they discharged the fire extinguisher, which set off the fire alarm."
"Majority of ages were 15 years old, they are minors and will be treated as such. They will be facing disciplinary hearings," said Sherman.
Saturday was one of a number incidents over the past two weeks, so now two police departments are teaming up to try and stop them.
"It was decided and approved by the board of supervisors to allot $10,000 for the next month for overtime payments for our correction officers and road patrols to patrol in the village at different times during the day and night," said Schoharie County Sheriff Tony Desmond.
Burglaries include stolen electronics and tools from village homes and flood recovery organizations SALT and Schoharie Recovery.
"I think they're a lot of reasons. There are still buildings open and unsecured from the flood," said Hoy.
"People are very upset, everybody feels angry and incensed that not only would this happen at all, but that this would happen to people trying to recover from the flood, the home owners and the volunteer effort trying to help people recover from the flood," said Sarah Goodrich of SALT.
Moving forward, police are looking for help from residents. If you notice any suspicious activity or vehicles, you're asked to notify the Schoharie Sheriff's Department at (518) 295-8114.