GLENMONT – The Bethlehem police arrested two juveniles in connection with a chase that took place on Thursday, Aug. 25. This is the third car chase that took place in Bethlehem between Aug 20-25.
At approximately 1:17 a.m., an officer with the Bethlehem Police Department was in the area of Route 9W and Corning Hill Road when the patrol car’s license plate reader alerted the officer that a vehicle reported stolen from Saratoga County had just passed, traveling northbound. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle and the vehicle fled from the officer at a high rate of speed into the City of Albany.
A short time later the vehicle was located unoccupied in the City of Albany. A search of the area was conducted and a 17-year-old juvenile from Albany was taken into custody and charged with criminal possession of stolen property, a felony.
After further investigation into the matter, Bethlehem police detectives identified the driver of the vehicle as a 16-year-old juvenile from Waterford. On Monday, Sept. 19, the juvenile was arrested and charged with criminal possession of stolen property, a felony.
Both of the cases will be heard in the Youth Part of Albany County Family Court.
On Wednesday, Aug 24 at approximately 2:18 p.m., the Bethlehem police responded to a larceny in progress at the Price Chopper supermarket on 329 Glenmont Road in Glenmont.
Upon arrival, officers observed two suspects fleeing the store on foot and entering a Toyota Camry. As the officers approached the vehicle, the driver of the vehicle accelerated toward the officers, almost hitting one, then crashed into a marked Bethlehem police car.
According to reports, the officers attempted to stop the vehicle, but it fled the scene in a reckless manner at a high rate of speed. The vehicle was found abandoned a short time later in the City of Albany.
After an investigation, police determined that Bishop A. Fraser and Jaquan D. Johnson, both 19 and from Albany entered the store and stole $1,562.89 worth of merchandise, then fled the scene.
On Saturday, Aug 20 at approximately 2:24 a.m., Bethlehem Police observed a Mazda Miata traveling east on Delaware Ave with an inadequate headlamp in violation of the New York State Vehicle and Traffic Law. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle but the operator of the vehicle fled in a reckless manner at a high rate of speed into the City of Albany.
The officer continued to follow the vehicle with emergency lights and siren activated through several side streets and parking lots within the City of Albany. The operator of the Mazda continued to flee and at one point did recklessly spin his vehicle around, almost striking the front end of the Bethlehem Police car. The suspect continued to flee and the suspect was not apprehended that morning.
Gino L. Cubello , 20 of New Scotland was arrested on August 31 in connection with that case.