The Albany Police Department is investigating a incident on Marion Avenue that occurred last week in which two men came to the home of an elderly couple and claimed to work for the water department to get inside their house.
The incident occurred on February 14 at 2:00 p.m. Two men came to the house and knocked on the door. When the couple answered the men said they worked for the water department and needed to check the water. The men were let in and started searching the house. After a few minutes the couple asked the men to leave which they did. At this time nothing was stolen from inside the house.
On the same day a similar incident occurred in Clifton Park. One man came to the door of an elderly couple while a second man stayed in a vehicle. The man said he was from the water department and he needed to check the water. He went around the house and checked the faucets and toilets and then left. The couple discovered jewelry missing after the man left.
Last July Albany police also took a report with a similar motive. A man knocked on the door of a elderly woman's house and said he was there to check the water in the house. She let him inside and while distracting the victim he stole $200 out of a dresser drawer.
The description on the suspects are white or Hispanic males.
· Residents should be reminded that anyone representing a city or town agency should have proper identification on them at all times that identifies who they work for.
· Most agencies require employees to wear uniforms that identify that agency as well and drive vehicles that are well marked.
· Residents should ask to see the identification before letting anyone inside their home and if they feel the person is misrepresenting themselves they should call the police immediately.
I want to inform you about two incidents that happened Sunday night. Although they were not in the neighborhood, per se, I think it's important for you to be aware of them.
Albany police are currently investigating two sexual assaults that occurred this past Sunday morning.
Police were called to the apartment of the first victim who lives in the Pine Hills neighborhood. The victim, 21, told officers she was walking with two friends on Hamilton Street at 2:15 a.m. Sunday morning when a man emerged from behind a fence on the north side of Hamilton Street just east of Quail Street. He approached the victim and reached up under her skirt and forcibly touched her before running off.
The suspect is described as a black male approximately 5'7" with a small build. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt. He was last seen running west on Hamilton Street towards Ontario Street.
Officers responded to Memorial Hospital early Sunday morning after the second assault victim went to the hospital after being attacked in Washington Park. The victim, 25, told officers she was walking home with a friend at approximately 3:30 a.m. The pair split up and the victim continued walking home through the park alone. The suspect approached the victim from behind and pushed her to the ground. He put something to the back of her head and threatened to shoot her if she made any noise. He proceeded to assault the victim. He threatened to kill victim if she moved as he fled the scene.
The suspect, a black male, 5'7" with a medium build was wearing black baggy sweatpants, hooded sweatshirt and black knitted winter hat. He was last seen heading westbound through the park towards New Scotland Avenue.
It is unknown at this time if the incidents are related or not.
If you have been a victim of sexual assault, please know that there is help available, for free. Call the Albany County sexual assault victim assistance hotline at (518) 447-7716. All calls are completely confidential.