The Vermont man who was arrested in December for his alleged role in a massive home burglary spree faces more charges as police link him to thefts of guns from a home, authorities said.
Jeremy T. Joseph, 38, of North Clarendon, was charged with four felonies in connection with a December burglary in the town of White Creek in which two handguns were stolen after an investigation by the Washington County Sheriff’s Office. Counts of burglary, grand larceny, criminal possession of a firearm and criminal mischief were filed, in addition to charges filed against him in December.
Joseph kicked in a door at the Owl Kill Road home and stole guns that were later sold for money to buy crack cocaine, according to police. The break-in was one of several near the hamlet of Eagle Bridge within a few days.
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He also was charged in recent weeks by State Police with a home burglary in the Rensselaer County town of Brunswick, as investigators continue to try to determine how many break-ins he committed around eastern New York and western Vermont.
Police believe Joseph was responsible for about a dozen home burglaries that occurred in November and early December in the Washington County towns of Salem, Hebron, Cambridge, Argyle, Jackson and White Creek.
A task force of agencies around the region and western Vermont had been investigating the brazen daytime burglaries as they picked up in frequency before Joseph’s arrest. Police believe Joseph, a logger, would knock on doors to solicit logging work and force open doors if no one answered. Coins, jewelry, guns, money and other valuables were stolen.
Joseph was arrested after police received a tip from a homeowner in northern Rensselaer County who posted on Facebook about a black Dodge pickup truck seen on a surveillance camera at a home. That allowed police to identify Joseph as the truck’s owner, and they learned that Joseph was a felon with a pending burglary charge in Manchester, Vermont who was dating a woman in Hoosick Falls, according to State Police.
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Authorities said he has been cooperative since his arrest, which has allowed State Police and sheriff’s officers to recover some of the stolen valuables, including several guns.
Washington County District Attorney Tony Jordan said his office has been working with Joseph’s counsel to find a resolution to the charges, and would pursue a grand jury investigation if no disposition is found.
“We are awaiting an answer from the defendant’s attorney about whether he wants to plead (guilty),” Jordan said.
He has not been charged in Vermont, as State Police there await the outcome of his case in New York.
His lawyer, Lucas Mihuta, did not return a phone call for comment Tuesday.
Joseph is being held in Washington County Jail for lack of bail, pending further court action.