3 charged with burglary and larceny in Albion
Police chief bemoans no bail could be set under new state justice reform
Press Release, Albion Police Chief Roland Nenni
ALBION – The Albion Police Department has arrested three people after the immediate commission of a burglary to a dwelling and the larceny from several vehicles.
Shortly after midnight the Albion Police Department was dispatched to the area of Clarendon Street and Childs Street for an audible car alarm going off and suspicious persons in the area. Albion police officers arrived on scene and took three people located in the area into custody. The suspects were in possession of numerous stolen items and burglar tools.
Those arrested include:
Benjamin Coger, 33, and James Gursslin, 18, of Albion. They both use many addresses in the Village of Albion. The third suspect is 17 and his name is being withheld due to his adolescent offender status.
The investigation resulted in the discovery of a burglary at a residence on Childs Street and several larcenies from vehicles in the area of Childs Street, Clarendon Street and Crimson Heights, all allegedly committed by the three suspects.
The three suspects were charged with Burglary 2nd (C Felony) and numerous counts of Grand Larceny 4th (E Felony), Petit Larceny and several other A misdemeanors. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges will be filed following the investigation.
Because of the New York State Justice Reform, the two adult offenders were released on appearance tickets and the adolescent offender was placed on house arrest following an arraignment in Orleans County Youth Court.
All of the offenders have also been recently arrested and released for other burglaries they are alleged to have committed and are under investigation for additional burglaries in the immediate area. They cannot be held because of Justice Reform.
This is another example of law-abiding citizens of our community being placed in harm’s way by legislation that hampers law enforcement’s ability to protect our citizens.
We believe that the above defendants may have committed other crimes and if anyone believes they are victims of larcenies or burglaries we ask that you contact the Albion Police or the law enforcement agency where you live.
If anyone has seen the above individuals acting suspicious to please report the activity to the Albion Police at (585) 589-5627.
The Albion Police Department was assisted by the Orleans County Sheriff’s Office and the New York State Police.
(Editor’s Note: This story was updated with the correct age for James Gursslin. Initially it was reported as 33. He is 18.)