Police: Former alderman and friend sought

HUDSON—City police have issued a bulletin for two men wanted in connection with a March 19 break-in at City Hall, 520 Warren Street.

Police are looking for former city alderman, Quinton E. Cross, 29, described by police as a black man, 5’ 7” tall, 150 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and dark skin; and Jamont M. McClendon, 28, described by police as a black man, 5’6”, 150 pounds, with black hair, brown eyes and dark skin. The men live in Hudson, are friends and are both wanted for third degree burglary.

Mr. Cross was convicted five years ago on one count of fourth degree grand larceny for stealing thousands of dollars from the city during his term as alderman by making unauthorized charges on city credit cards.

He was in Columbia County Court earlier this month to discuss how he would make restitution of the $16,000 he still owes in connection with the case.

Released from jail about 18 months ago, Mr. Cross reportedly told the court he could not pay back the money he owes because he had not found a job, but was slated to travel to China to work teaching English to Chinese students.

Sometime over the weekend, perpetrators broke in on the rear second floor of City Hall by forcing open a back door, going into offices and stealing loose change and cash.

The crime was reported Monday, March 19 at 6:18 a.m. by custodial staff.

The investigation is continuing with the assistance of the Columbia County District Attorney’s Office. Police ask anyone with information about this or any other crime to contact them at 518 828-3388 or 518 828-9900.

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