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Posted on: November 2, 2018

Police Press Release - Bethlehem Police Investigating Distraction Burglary in Slingerlands

          The Bethlehem Police Department is currently investigating a distraction burglary that took place on Blessing Road at approximately 12:45PM on Thursday, November 1, 2018.  In this incident a white male suspect in his 40’s approached the resident and advised that they needed to “inspect some lines” in the back of the house. 

            The homeowner and suspect went to the rear of the residence, while the suspect communicated with another, unknown person, over a two-way radio.  When the resident returned to the front of the house they determined that the second unknown suspect had entered their residence and stolen US currency from inside the house.

            The first suspect is described as a white male in his 40’s wearing a light colored t-shirt, vest, gloves and a baseball style hat.  There is no description on the second suspect involved.  The suspect fled the scene north on Blessing Road towards Krumkill Road in a white four door sedan, that was missing the front license plate.

            The Bethlehem Police Department is currently working with multiple other area law enforcement agencies as this incident could be related to the recent crime pattern of distraction burglaries in the area.

            Bethlehem Police are issuing the following precautionary measures in an attempt to thwart incidents like this from occurring:

  • Always be skeptical of any repair of maintenance person who comes to your residence unannounced.
  • Always ask for identification as soon as the person arrives.
  • Take the time to confirm the person’s affiliation with the company that they purport to be from.
  • Never leave the person alone while they are on your property.
  • Take photographs of the person and their vehicle.
  • Do not leave your residence unsecured while doing yard work, always ensure you can see any open access points to your residence.

            Legitimate service workers or municipal employees wear some type of uniform, drive marked vehicles and will always display identification when asked.

            Anyone with information in regards to this incident is asked to contact Bethlehem Police at 518-439-9973.  Anonymous tips can also be submitted to Capital Region Crime Stoppers at or by downloading the free P3 Tips app to any IOS or Android device.

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