Juveniles arrested for felony burglary

Agency’s first arrest following Raise the Age law

AMSTERDAM — Three juveniles were arrested on Nov. 30 with felony and misdemeanor charges following an attempted burglary.

Two 16-year-old males and one 15-year-old male where charged with third-degree burglary, a class D felony. The three juveniles were also charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal mischief, all class A misdemeanor.

According to police, on Nov. 30 at approximately 8:25 a.m., the owner of the Clock Tower building located at 37 Prospect St., reported a burglary was in progress on the fifth and sixth floor of the building.

Upon arrival, a uniformed patrol officer and plain clothes detective entered the building and went onto the sixth floor and observed the entry door to be smashed out. The three males were located on the fifth floor in an office space and two of the three were observed holding long rifles.

Joseph Spencer, youth detective, said the males found the two rifles were found in the building and owned by the property owner.

According to police, officers immediately engaged the three males to drop the weapons in which the males complied with police commands and were quickly taken into custody without incident.

Spencer said this was a burglary in progress, so no items were stole. The three males were taken into custody before they fled the building.

“They intended to steal, bud did not make it out of the building,” Spencer said.

All three males were transported to Amsterdam Police Headquarters where they were processed.

One of the 16-year-old males was found to have an active arrest warrant out of Montgomery County Family Court. Spencer said he was a run-away from a group home.

The two 16-year-old juveniles were held pending arraignment in Montgomery County “Youth Part” Court. The 15-year-old was issued an appearance ticket for Montgomery County Family Court and released to his parent.

“This was the first arrest the agency has made following the guidelines of the new Raise the Age law that went into effect on Oct. 1,” Spencer said.

With the Raise the Age law, juveniles will no longer go to county jail.

“This provides the court with more options of pre-trial proceedings,” Spencer said.

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