Cops: Arrest brings burglary spree to an end

VALATIE–A teenager allegedly responsible for a one-man burglary spree was arrested by Livingston State Police and Sheriff’s deputies on a dozen charges, July 6.

Jonathan E. Ramirez, 19, of Valatie was charged with 12 counts of third degree burglary.

In early May, Kinderhook State Police started receiving burglary complaints from local business owners in the Village of Valatie. The Columbia County Sheriff’s Office likewise had reports of burglaries. Throughout the months of May and June the two law enforcement agencies jointly investigated numerous commercial burglaries in the Valatie and Kinderhook area.

In the early morning hours of July 6, State Police received two more burglary complaints, this time in Greenport. Investigation into these burglaries revealed that a suspect in the Valatie burglaries was currently residing at the Sunset Motel, across the street from where the break-ins occurred.

Police say that during an interview with Mr. Ramirez he revealed that he was responsible for committing both the burglaries reported overnight and the Valatie and Kinderhook burglaries in May and June.

Livingston State Police charged Mr. Ramirez with 10 counts of third degree burglary, the Sheriff’s Office charged him with two counts of third degree burglary and several misdemeanors. Third degree burglary is a class D felony.

Arraigned in Greenport Court before Justice Robert Brenzel, Mr. Ramirez was jailed without bail on the recommendation of the Columbia County District Attorney Beth Cozzolino. He is scheduled to reappear in court July 13.

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