Sunday, September 25, 2011

Suspects arrested in recent Forest Ave burglaries

Albany police have charged two women and one man in connection with two August burglaries and believe they are connected to four other residential burglaries in the region. 
On August 12 police responded to a burglary in progress at 76 Forest Avenue at 4:20 a.m.  The victim, 95 years old, was sleeping at the time of the incident when she woke up and noticed two people in the hallway with flashlights.  When the two suspects saw the victim they fled out of the house.  The suspects were able to steal money, a credit card and several pieces of jewelry before fleeing. 
On August 18 detectives identified Jasmine Griffin, 20, of 217 Spruce Street, as one of the suspects when she was caught with two stolen items from the Forest Avenue burglary.  A search of her house also turned up a .22 caliber handgun.  She was charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property and Criminal Possession of a Weapon 4th.    She was arraigned and remanded to Albany County Jail. 

The second burglary occurred on August 30 at 44 Southern Boulevard.  Police received a 911 call for a burglary in progress from a neighbor who witnessed a man and woman break a window inside the front porch.  When officers arrived they caught Shawn Ellis, 23, and Keona Bostic, 26, still inside the house.  They had stolen a lap top computer, stereo equipment, camera and assorted jewelry from the unoccupied house. 
Ellis, of 337 Myrtle Avenue, and Bostic, of 270 Orange Street, were charged with Burglary 2nd and Petit Larceny.  They were both arraigned in Albany City Criminal Court and remanded to Albany County Jail. 
During their investigation detectives connected Ellis, Bostic and Griffin to the Forest Avenue burglary.  A search of two of their residences turned up all of the stolen items from the Forest Avenue burglary as well as items from two burglaries in Watervliet and two in Albany. 
Griffin, Bostic and Ellis still remain in Albany County Jail. 
Charges on the additional burglaries are expected. 

Detective James MillerDepartment Spokesperson
City of Albany Police Dept
165 Henry Johnson Bl
Albany, NY 12210

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