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June 27, 2014

Rouses Point investigates rash of break-ins

ROUSES POINT — Police here are working with other agencies to solve a rash of burglaries and attempted break-ins over the past few weeks.

About seven cases have been reported, Rouses Point Village Police Department Officer in Charge Scott Bechard said Thursday morning.

"State Police has been helping out, also the Border Patrol and (Clinton County) Sheriff's Department," he said.

And after learning of several residential burglaries in the City of Plattsburgh, Bechard was going to contact police there to compare notes "to see if they might be related."

'TREASURED ITEMS'

Rita Monette owns one of the homes broken into in Rouses Point; she said burglars got in through a window, with a break-in on June 4 and another on June 24.

Electric guitars, amplifiers, jewelry, collectible currency, power tools, a Tiffany lamp and assorted antiques were stolen from her Lake Street home, Monette said.

“Items that are treasured, you know? Items that mean something to you,” she said.

Monette said she contacted local jewelry dealers and consignment shops to see if her stolen items were brought in, though nothing had been found so far. 

“Everybody should know to make sure to be on the alert for the guys who are doing this before somebody gets killed,” she said, explaining that she was particularly concerned for the village’s elderly residents.

'LOCK DOORS'

The Rouses Point Village Police Department has one full-time officer — Bechard — and a part-time patrolman, Tom Laundrie.

"We're putting our effort toward trying to solve (the crimes)," Bechard said. "Unfortunately, our department is lacking in personnel."

And as the Fourth of July celebration nears, with an expected influx of thousands of people for the parade, carnival and other activities, the department is busy making preparations to ensure safety of all those visitors.

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