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Break-ins reported at Moreau, Corinth, Hadley highway garages

Break-ins reported at Moreau, Corinth, Hadley highway garages

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Moreau transfer station

A string of break-ins, targeting municipal highway garages, also included the Moreau transfer station. A burglar or a group of burglars stole cash tips that the transfer station workers use to buy dog treats for their customers' companions.

Highway garages in three northern Saratoga County towns have been burglarized in the last three weeks, the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Office said.

On Aug. 6, someone broke into the Corinth highway garage and stole tools, Capt. Jeff Brown said.

On Aug. 20, what appears to be the same person or group broke into the Hadley highway garage and took cash, he said.

On Aug. 24, Moreau’s highway garage was hit. But the burglar didn’t take anything, Supervisor Todd Kusnierz said. Only a package left outside — which had been erroneously delivered to the back of the building — was taken. It had containers of diesel fuel additives.

“Nothing else was taken,” Kusnierz said.

Then the burglar went to the transfer station next door and broke in there. Workers had left a container with cash tips, which they use to buy dog treats. When residents bring their dogs on their trips to the transfer station, the employees give the dogs treats.

“It was all stolen,” Kusnierz said.

It wasn’t clear how much money was taken.

However, Brown said the municipalities had security cameras, which had captured footage of the break-ins. The security cameras uploaded the footage to the “cloud,” meaning it was saved on a server at another location. That kept the footage safe, he said, because burglars couldn’t get rid of it by simply ripping a camera off the wall and taking it with them.

He thinks a group is focusing on highway garages.

“I don’t think it’s a coincidence” that only town highway buildings were hit, he said. “It’s potentially the same person or persons.”

He added that the towns had correctly locked up their facilities at night.

“These were forced entry,” he said.

You can reach Kathleen Moore at 742-3247 or kmoore@poststar.com. Follow her on Twitter @ByKathleenMoore or at her blog on www.poststar.com.

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