FORT EDWARD -- A Queensbury man’s attempts to escape from police after a home burglary were foiled Saturday when the vehicle he was driving to try to flee the break-in became stuck in a snowbank, police said.
Christopher M. Black, 24, of Main Street, faces a number of charges after the 2:15 p.m. incident on East Street, according to Fort Edward Police.
The case was his third burglary arrest in less than three years, and his second in six months, officials said.
Fort Edward Police Chief Justin Derway said police were called to a home on East Street when a caretaker and friends arrived there to find a man running through the home and climbing out a window to get out.
He got in a Jeep Cherokee that was parked nearby and tried to speed off, but the sport-utility vehicle became stuck in a snowbank, Derway said.
A friend of the caretaker called 911, and someone in the group took a cellphone picture of a license plate as Black struggled to free the Jeep.
“They approached the car and were yelling at him to get out when the officers arrived,” Derway said.
Fort Edward Police and a Washington County sheriff’s patrol were nearby attending to an unrelated downed utility wire when the call came in, and they were able to respond within seconds and arrest Black without incident, Derway said.
He had tried to steal a laptop computer and jewelry, which were recovered, police said. He did not know the home’s owner, who was away and having a friend watch the property for him, Derway said.
Black was charged with second-degree burglary, a felony, and misdemeanor counts of petit larceny and criminal mischief, police said.
He is also still facing an unrelated second-degree burglary charge in Hudson Falls Village Court, an arrest that occurred in October. He is accused of entering a relative’s home and stealing items, and has pleaded not guilty, police said.
In 2011, he also burglarized an acquaintance’s home and stole items that were sold at a pawn shop, pleading guilty to a misdemeanor in that case.
Black was arraigned Saturday and sent to Washington County Jail for lack of bail. He had posted bail and was freed as of Monday.