Arrest made in burglary

Shown is Udderly Delicious, the ice cream shop that was recently burglarized. John C. Crabbe, 18, has been charged in the burglary. (The Leader-Herald/Briana O'Hara)

JOHNSTOWN — A Gloversville teenager was arrested Saturday by Johnstown police in connection with last Tuesday’s burglary at popular ice cream stand Udderly Delicious on Route 30A.

John Crabbe, 18, of 108 Washington St., was charged, Fulton County District Attorney Chad Brown verified today.

Udderly co-owner Vikki Skiff said today there was no “inside job” as some in the public have speculated. She said $1,027 in cash and coin currency was taken from one cabinet.

She said the proceeds of the burglary were not recovered and returned to Udderly.

“He spent the money,” she said.


Skiff said the $1,000 reward Udderly offered will now be “split” among two people, who will not be identified.

“The community was good to us,” she said.

The Udderly Facebook page stated over the weekend: “None of our employees were associated with [Crabbe], knew him, family member or anything other. This was a random act from a guy who has no idea who we are or any of our employees. I just wanted to clear that up.”

Vikki Skiff added today: “None of my girls know [Crabbe], nor would they associate with someone like that.”

She also said a connection was made with Crabbe and three other individuals last week trying to load boxes of coins taken from the Udderly burglary into a Coin Star machine at Gloversville’s Price Chopper. She said that led to his arrest.

Vikki Skiff said the window was locked when Crabbe allegedly broke in, adding: “It doesn’t take much to break those windows.”

According to the Fulton County Jail corrections staff, Crabbe was arrested on one felony count of third-degree burglary. He remained incarcerated there this morning in lieu of $25,000 cash bail or $50,000 bond. Jail staff said the suspect will next appear in Johnstown City Court, which starts at 9 a.m. Tuesday.

The Johnstown Police Department as of this morning hadn’t released details on the arrest. Chief David Gilbo also couldn’t be reached for comment.

City police last week released a brief statement on its Facebook page indicating the burglary took place around 2:30 to 2:35 a.m. Tuesday, and city police were continuing to investigate.

Udderly co-owner Jim Skiff said Wednesday it was the first time the 340 N. Comrie Ave. establishment had ever been broken into.

His wife, Vikki, said they believe Crabbe allegedly entered and exited the Udderly property by bicycle after stuffing money in his backpack.

Released to the public and media last week was a black and white video showing a person breaking into the business. The security camera video showed the burglar, but immediate details were hard to ascertain. The burglar was dressed in a hoodie and appeared to have a backpack on. The video show a person slithering quickly through the window into the inside of the ice cream shop, bypassing the cash register and going directly to a bottom cabinet and taking cash and coins.

Meanwhile, speculation had centered on whether the burglary was an inside job and whether the burglar knew anyone associated with the past or present Udderly staff.

Skiff said Udderly security cameras were checked and no one from her staff “touched” the locking system prior to Crabbe allegedly breaking in.

She shed some light today on how Crabbe was arrested. She said two people Udderly “knew” on Wednesday “made phone calls to all the area Coin Stars” to find out if anyone was bringing in large loads of coins to turn into cash. She said they received a “hit” from the Price Chopper on North Main Street in Gloversville and by Friday, security cameras at Price Chopper verified it was Crabbe and three others allegedly trying to unload the coins in the supermarket.

“We had called police to let them know,” she said.

Vikki Skiff said Johnstown police were contacted and the arrest was made by Saturday. The other three people are not believed to be involved in the break-in, she said.

When asked about speculation from the public as to why Udderly kept that much money in the building, Vikki Skiff asked: “Why are they entering the building anyway?”

Michael Anich covers Johnstown and Fulton County news. He can be reached at manich@leaderherald.com.