FORT EDWARD — A Fort Edward man has been indicted on numerous charges that accuse him of overseeing a group of youths who burglarized homes at his request, including a home that was burglarized and set ablaze late last year, police said.
Eddie J. Robinson, 50, of McKie Street, faces a six-count indictment that includes felony counts of arson, burglary, criminal solicitation and criminal mischief as well as misdemeanor petit larceny and criminal possession of stolen property for a variety of crimes last fall and winter, according to Fort Edward Police.
Among them was a Nov. 27 fire that heavily damaged a home at 5 McKie St., across the street from Robinson’s home.
A 15-year-old was arrested days after the fire, and police said at the time that the investigation was continuing and other arrests were likely.
“We started developing links between the fire and the burglaries and pieced it all together,” Fort Edward Police Chief Justin Derway said.
Officers concluded that the fire was set to cover up evidence related to burglaries at the vacant home and other break-ins, and that Robinson was overseeing a group of teens who were committing burglaries at his behest.
“He took part in directing the juvenile to set the fire,” Derway said.
He said it was unclear how many home break-ins were committed by the group, but the investigation was ongoing.
Robinson has been linked to at least two burglaries, and guns were stolen during one and swords during another. The guns were sold at a store in Rutland, Vermont, and recovered, and the swords were also recovered, Derway said.
Robinson also faces a felony burglary count in Fort Edward Village Court for which he hasn’t been indicted, Derway said.
The 5 McKie St. home had been used by local teens for a hangout, as the owner had not been staying there. They allegedly stole valuables from it and also stored stolen items there, police said.
Robinson, who has a prior felony attempted burglary conviction for a 2005 break-in in Hudson Falls, was arraigned before Washington County Judge Kelly McKeighan and sent to Washington County Jail for lack of bail.
His lawyer, Tucker Stanclift, said he had no comment on the case as of Friday.