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Pair charged after robberies in Caroga

Sheriff: Two said they would give items as presents

December 13, 2012
By JOHN BORGOLINI , The Leader Herald

CAROGA - Fulton County sheriffs deputies said a pair of Gloversville residents are facing charges after a string of robberies in the town involving 14 different houses and camps in the last month.

Robert M. Caputo Jr., 24, of Third Avenue and Justin T. Brockhum, 24, of Third Street were each charged with four counts of second-degree burglary, a felony; two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony; and petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

Brockhum also was charged with unlawful possession of marijuana.

Fulton County Sheriff Thomas Lorey said the two men are facing several years in state prison for stealing items ranging from household furniture to jewelry.

The two men were caught after deputies responded to a break-in call from a town resident around 3 a.m. Tuesday, Lorey said.

"They went into a house that was occupied, and the homeowner woke up and called 911," Lorey said. "The two ran away, and the deputies that were responding found them a short distance away from the Kasson Drive residence."

Lorey said the suspects were cooperative, and one of them even showed one deputy some of the different places they broke into.

The two men allegedly told the responding deputies they were going to give some of the stolen items away for Christmas, he said.

"I've never heard of this particular excuse before," Lorey said. "That's just a ridiculous reason."

Lorey said this should be a reminder to report any strange behavior people notice around them.

"People should be aware of their surroundings, and they should alert us," he said. "They should be alert of strangers and people driving strange vehicles. Definitely lock your doors when you go to bed at night."



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