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Guilderland Archives — The Altamont Enterprise, December 10, 2009

Police say
Student caught in attempted drug heist at veterinary clinic

By Anne Hayden

GUILDERLAND — A 20-year-old University at Albany student was arrested on Dec. 4, according to a release from the Guilderland Police Department, after he attempted to burglarize the Albany County Veterinary Hospital.

Jeremy T. Anderson, of Staten Island, broke a window at the animal hospital, which is located at 1506 Western Ave. He was inside the building at 6:25 a.m. when a part-time employee got to work, and interrupted his burglary, the release said. The employee called the police, and Anderson was arrested as he attempted to run from the scene.

Nothing was taken from the veterinary hospital, but Captain Curtis Cox of the Guilderland Police told The Enterprise that Anderson was looking for drugs.

“Sometimes the drugs used at animal hospitals are similar to the drugs used for humans, or can be made into other drugs, depending on the compounds,” said Cox. He said the Colonie Police had been investigating a similar burglary, and it was expected that they would be charging Anderson for that at a later date.

Anderson was charged with third-degree burglary, a Class D felony, and criminal mischief, a Class A misdemeanor, and was arraigned before Justice Denise Randall; he is being held at the Albany County Correctional Facility.

According to Cox, the investigation is ongoing, as police question Anderson about accomplices or prior burglaries.

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