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Public’s help sought in burglaries

ST. JOHNSVILLE — The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office is investigating three burglary incidents that occurred throughout the western part of the county and is asking for the public’s assistance in the investigation.

The burglaries occurred at three separate businesses, but are believed to likely be related incidents. The three burglaries took place at Lombardo’s, a pizza place in St. Johnsville, Parkside Drive-in, a restaurant in St. Johnsville and Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter in Sprakers.

Montgomery County Sheriff Jeff Smith said the alleged suspects took mostly cash drawers, and possibly a couple liquor bottles from one of the locations.

Smith said they took “very minimal” amounts of money meaning only a few cents or few dollars was taken from each location.

The sheriff’s office shared video footage on Facebook of the suspect taking the cash register at Parkside Drive-in restaurant. The suspect is described as a white male in his teens or twenties and of slender build and moderate height.

The male who is seen wearing a hoodie and a mask climbs through a window that leads into the kitchen and over the counter grabbing the cash register. He slides back through the window and proceeds to walk through the doorway that also leads to the kitchen. He navigated through the kitchen to two other areas in the kitchen, and walks back out with what appeared to be two other cash registers.

Smith said they do have more video footage of the other locations. He said however, it is too premature in the investigation to say whether the burglaries were done by the same individual or if there are others is involved. He also said it was too early in the investigation to determine whether the individual or individuals involved are an employee or ex-employee of the locations where the burglaries took place.

“We’re still investigating leads,” Smith said.

He said they do not want to jeopardize the investigation.

“We continue to ask the public to share any information,” Smith said. “We’re following leads and we’re making progress so we can come to a conclusion.”

If anyone from the public has any information related to the three burglaries, contact the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office at (518) 673-2554, at (518) 853-5500, or at (518) 736-1850.

The link to see the video is https://www.facebook.com/nymcso/videos/278774099997194/?__tn__=%2Cd%2CP-R&eid=ARAkpTnvIJlU8tOxMIFLNUjrK3kZaNisrJ2VrJPMV5s9x8FpX0q8aTmeReBrqMbHlFJHahnpjuU9JtuJ

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