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Burglary suspect sought

The suspect in the burglary of the Knesseth Israel Synagogue in Gloversville is shown wearing a hoodie and jeans. (Photo courtesy of the Gloversville Police Department)

GLOVERSVILLE — City police are investigating a burglary that occurred at Knesseth Israel Synagogue on East Fulton Street Thursday night.

Lt. Brad Schaffer said today that the burglary was discovered and reported to police by an employee of the synagogue the following day, in the evening on Friday.

Investigating officers secured surveillance footage of the alleged suspect in the burglary, described in a press release as a white male wearing an “ECKO” brand hooded sweatshirt and jeans at the time of the incident.

Police have released still frames of the suspect from the footage and are seeking the public’s help in identifying the individual.

Schaffer noted that one of the images captured on the synagogue’s security cameras shows the suspect entering the building through a door, but said the method of entry remains under investigation.

The suspect in the burglary of the Knesseth Israel Synagogue in Gloversville is shown wearing an “ECKO” hoodie and jeans. (Photo courtesy of the Gloversville Police Department)

Officers have also secured footage from city-owned surveillance cameras located in the area surrounding the synagogue located at 34 E. Fulton St. that are under review.

Property was taken during the alleged burglary, according to Schaffer, who declined to provide details on the stolen goods that police are hoping to recover.

“Our goal is always to recover property to strengthen the criminal case that we might be able to make,” Schaffer said.

Schaffer said no damage to the synagogue has been uncovered through investigation and police do not believe the building was targeted due to religious affiliation.

“We believe it was a simple burglary, maybe an opportunistic type of offense,” Schaffer said.

The incident remains under investigation. Anyone with information as to the identity of the male suspect is asked to contact the Gloversville Police Department Detective Division at (518) 773-4513.

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