BETHLEHEM, NY (NEWS10) – Around 12:30 A.M. Saturday morning, the Bethlehem Police Department received a report of a burglary happening on Thatcher Street in Selkirk.
An alerted neighbor contacted police after seeing suspicious activity and seeing someone enter the home. The neighbor knew the homeowner wasn’t home at the time and immediately called police.
Bethlehem Police quickly arrived and saw forced entry to the back of the house as well as a male subject still inside the house. The subject was immediately arrested by Bethlehem Police.
The investigation determined that the suspect entered the home through the back window after causing damage to the window. He was trying to steal bottles of alcohol and other items from the home when officers arrived.
After being arrested and placed in the back of the police car, the suspect intentionally caused damage to the interior lighting and roof of the car.
22-year-old Brian X. Kaubisch of Selkirk was charged with one felony count of Burglary in the Second Degree and two misdemeanor counts of Criminal Mischief in the Fourth Degree.
Kaubisch was arraigned in the Town of Bethlehem Court by the Honorable Judge Andrew Kirby and remanded to Albany County Jail in lieu of $20,000 bail.
He is due back in court on December 22nd at 9:00A.M.
The quick actions of the neighbor, coupled with an expedient police response proved vital in effecting an immediate arrest in this case.
It prevented further damage or property loss to the homeowner, who arrived on scene shortly after police.