Juvenile Burglary Suspects Arrested - Albany Police Case 15-19276
On Sunday, September 13th, 2015, at about 1:00 am, the Albany Police Department received a call from a homeowner in the 1700 block of NW Whitecliff Drive who reported that he chased off someone attempting to break into his shop.
Officers located and detained 16-year old North Albany resident Leif Gerlitz, 16-year old Corvallis resident Kaleb Gee, and 17-year old Corvallis resident Isaac Blunck. All were subsequently charged with this attempted burglary. Kaleb Gee was released to his parents.
Isaac Blunck and Leif Gerlitz were lodged in the Linn Benton Juvenile Detention Center after the investigation revealed they had been involved in multiple burglaries and thefts in North Albany over the past several months.
Between September 14th and 15th investigators identified three additional suspects who were all charged in connection with the string of burglaries in North Albany. 16-year old Brady George, 16-year old Ryan Murray and 15-year old Daniel Park, all Corvallis residents, were charged with burglary and released to their parents.
This investigation is being forwarded to the Benton County District Attorney's Office for review and prosecution. Anyone with any information related to this investigation is asked to contact the Albany Police Department at 541-917-7680.
Investigators have currently identified 10 burglaries and several attempted burglaries in North Albany attributed to some or all of these suspects. Investigators believe there are more that have gone unreported over the past several months. Entry into many of these homes was gained through unlocked doors.
Every year, millions of homes are burglarized in the U.S. The good news is that most of those burglaries were preventable. Burglary is often times a "crime of opportunity" so there are several things you can do to reduce that opportunity for a burglar.
* Do not leave windows, doors, and garage doors open or unlocked.
* Make sure the exterior of your home is well-lit. Consider purchasing motion-sensitive lights that activate only when there is movement. Visit your local hardware store for the many motion light sensors available.
* Consider using a light timer to activate lights inside your home at various times throughout the day and night.
* Keep shrubs trimmed down to 2' and trees trimmed up to 6' so burglars can't hide.
* Make sure exterior lights are mounted out of reach so burglars cannot easily remove the light bulb.
* Install deadbolt locks on all exterior doors.
* Install double locks on glass doors. This may prevent a burglar from simply breaking the glass and reaching in to unlock the door. Visit your local hardware store for ideas on lock options.
* If your budget permits, install an alarm system that will alert you, a neighbor, or possibly the police that someone is trying to gain access to your home.
* Be sure to keep ladders and other tools locked up so that no one can use them to break into your home.
* Talk to your neighbors about vacation dates and checking on your home.
* Report all suspicious vehicles and persons to the Albany Police Department.
* Take the time to "case" your own home. Walk around and identify areas of weakness where a burglar may be able to gain entry.
* Call Albany Police for a free Crime Prevention survey on your home.
* If you are 55 or older and live in the City of Albany, contact the Albany Police Department to schedule a FREE SASSI home security inspection at 541-917-3206 or 541-791-0172.
For more information on burglary-proofing your home visit: http://www.burglaryprevention.org