A Vermont man was arrested late Saturday for allegedly committing at least a half-dozen of the recent home burglaries around Washington and Rensselaer counties, police said.
Jeremy T. Joseph, 38, of North Clarendon, Vermont, was arrested after police dealt with two more home burglaries in the Salem area Saturday, State Police Investigator David Mosher said. He was charged with felony second-degree burglary, and more charges were anticipated.
Police said he confessed to six recent home burglaries in the region, but said he was not involved with recent break-ins in southern Washington County where guns were stolen. They believe there is likely at least one other person or group who are responsible for others, and warned residents to continue taking precautions.
Joseph was arrested after police got a tip from a homeowner in 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, according to State Police.
Police said Joseph has a girlfriend in Hoosick Falls and would commit burglaries around the region when visiting her, traveling the Route 22 corridor. He also formerly lived in Sunderland, Vermont, just east of the Washington County line, so he knows the area.
He admitted committing a burglary on Crescent Road in Cambridge last week, but said he was not responsible for one on Owlkill Road, a short distance away, that occurred the same day and during which guns were stolen, according to police.
“He said he did only six burglaries,” Mosher said. “He admitted he did one on Tiplady Road in Hebron, but not one nearby on Chamberlain Mills Road.”
Authorities tracked him late Saturday to a relative’s house in Rutland, Vermont, where they recovered some stolen items.
Police said he was selling proceeds from the burglaries at pawn shops in Vermont and Troy, and using the money to buy crack cocaine. He knocked on doors first to solicit work as a logger, and if no one answered, would force open doors to get in homes, according to State Police.
Joseph was arraigned and sent to Washington County Jail for lack of bail.
He has a criminal record that includes a 2016 possession of stolen property arrest in Dorset, Vermont, in connection with a burglary where $26,000 in coins and jewelry were stolen from a home while the resident was at a funeral, according to a prior report in the Bennington Banner newspaper. He also has arrests in Vermont for defrauding people in logging transactions and aggravated domestic assault, media reports show.
Police revealed last week that they had been dealing with a wave of at least a dozen home burglaries in Washington County over the past few weeks, with homes hit during the day and valuables such as jewelry, guns, coins and electronics taken.
State Police in Greenwich and Brunswick, Washington County and Rensselaer County sheriff’s officers, Hoosick Falls Police, Vermont State Police and Rutland, Vermont police were involved in the investigation.
Anyone who was solicited for logging work by a man who appears to be Joseph was asked to call State Police at 518-583-7000 or the Washington County Sheriff’s Office at 518-747-4623.