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August 27, 2018

For Immediate Release: August 27, 2018

ALBANY, NY – A 30-year-old Albany man was arrested early this morning after he was caught breaking into vehicles on Peyster Street.

At approximately 6:10 a.m., officers responded to Peyster Street between South Main Avenue and Ryckman Street for reports of a man breaking into vehicles. Upon arrival, officers observed a man matching the description of the suspect and stopped him as part of the investigation.

Joshua Allen was subsequently identified as the suspect and found to be in possession of property that was stolen from vehicles in the vicinity of the call.

Allen has been charged with two counts of Criminal Possession of Stolen Property 5th and one count of Petit Larceny. He was also arrested on the strength of two active bench warrants out of Albany City Criminal Court.

He was arraigned this morning.

The Albany Police Department would also like to remind members of our community about the following prevention tips that relate to theft from motor vehicle:

Lock your doors - Simply locking the doors will deter those who might just be waiting around for an easy target.

Keep it tidy – Keeping your vehicle clean may deter a thief from breaking in. Don't leave any bait out for thieves; stow your electronics and accessories well out of sight-or better yet, bring it with you. This includes power plugs, telltale iPod adapters, or nav-system windshield suction-cup mounts, and even put the cigarette lighter back in place.

Completely close windows and sunroofs – Not only will this prevent a thief from physically reaching into your car, windows that are down may also affect some alarm systems.

Get an alarm - If you’re able to invest in alarm, get one. The noise alone may be enough to scare away an inexperienced thief and prevent the break-in.

Park for visibility - Park in a busy, well-lit area, and avoid concealment from larger vehicles, fences, or foliage.