Five arrested after a month-long burglary investigation

Posted at: 01/25/2014 10:55 AM
By: Cadence Acquaviva

Five people are under arrest and three are facing criminal charges in connection with a burglary on Sliter's Lane in the Town of North Greenbush.

Police say some time overnight on December 24th, 2013 the suspects broke into the home, damaged some property and stole other valuable property.

Police arrested 17-year-old Skyler Dayton, 18-year-old Jacob Ruth, 19-year-old Keenu Watso, 17-year-old Clarissa Wolf and 16-year-old Courtney Ciccarelli on Friday in connection with the burglary.

According to officials, two of the suspects were friends of the homeowner's daughter and knew the homeowners would be out of town on vacation at the time of the burglary.

Police believe all five suspects broke into the home, stayed for about an hour, then left. Dayton, Ruth and Watso are accused of returning to the home later to steal jewelry, cash, a safe and prescription medication. One piece of jewelry reported missing was a family heirloom ring.

"During the course of the month-long investigation, several interviews of the suspects were conducted which resulted in the recovery of the safe, ring and written admissions from all of the suspects," said North Greenbush Police Chief Robert Durivage.

Police are charging Dayton, Ruth and Watso with burglary, criminal mischief, grand larceny and criminal trespass. Wolf and Ciccarelli are charged with misdemeanor criminal trespass. Wolf and Ciccarelli were released on appearance tickets. Ruth and Dayton were arraigned and released with probation. Watso is being held in Rensselaer County Jail.