JOHNSTOWN - A Schenectady woman who authorities said was part of an extensive area burglary ring was sentenced Friday to two to six years in prison.
Tiffany Ford, 21, of Carrie Street, was sentenced by Fulton County Court Judge Polly A. Hoye, as part of a plea arrangement.
Sentencing was based on Ford's May 21 guilty plea to two counts of third-degree burglary. The judge sentenced Ford to one to three years in prison on each count, to run consecutive for a total of two to six years.
Ford was charged Jan. 17 by the Fulton County Sheriff's Department.
According to Sheriff Thomas Lorey, she was part of a four-member burglary ring in the town of Mayfield that was broken up last winter. At the time, Lorey said deputies responded to a burglary in progress at a town residence at about 7:45 p.m. Jan. 17.
He said an investigation revealed a home had been entered and several subjects had fled the house into a wooded area. A K-9 deputy was called in and Ford was apprehended a short distance away.
Further investigation conducted by members of the sheriff's office and state police revealed Ford was part of a burglary ring that was operating in the area. Also charged by the sheriff's office was Eric Ford, 18, also of Schenectady.
Lorey said two others, also from Schenectady, were charged by the state police. They were James Gleason, 16, and Christopher Polomie, 22.
All the suspects were charged with various counts of burglary for incidents that happened in Fulton, Hamilton and Schenectady counties, Lorey said. He said the group was believed to be responsible for nearly 20 burglaries in the three counties.
Gleason was charged Jan. 19 by state police with second-degree attempted burglary for attempting to break into a seasonal home on Route 30 in the town of Hope. According to troopers, footprints were found leading to the front door. The window was broken, but the door would not open. Troopers said damage to the door was found, implying someone tried to pry the door open. Troopers said Gleason was with two others when they attempted to break in, and they had been performing several burglaries throughout the Christmas break.
Cases against Tiffany Ford's three co-defendants are believed to be pending.
Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.