Winhall man charged in Hoosick Falls burglary

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HOOSICK FALLS, N.Y. — A Winhall, Vermont, man is facing multiple felony charges after a burglary last Thursday at a local bar and restaurant, police said.

Village police arrested Philip Lin, 19, of Old Snow Valley Road in Winhall after investigating a report of a suspicious person at the Cumberland Farms. Officers located Lin the bathroom of the establishment, according to a press release from the Hoosick Falls Police Department. He was in possession of a large amount of money, as well as drugs — marijuana and cannabis oil, said Hoosick Falls Police Chief Robert Ashe.

Officers brought Lin back to the station and arrested him for possession of a controlled substance. During the arrest process, officers received a call about the reported burglary at The Sand Bar and came to believe that Lin was the culprit, according to the release.

The burglary took place around 1 a.m. last Thursday, April 11, Ashe said.

Ashe said he did not want to release how much money was stolen from The Sand Bar. Alcohol was also reported stolen from the establishment, but has not been recovered, he said.

Ashe also declined to say how much money Lin had on him when he was arrested.

Lin was charged with felony burglary 3rd, felony possession of stolen property, felony grand larceny, possession of a controlled substance and trespass, according to the release.

Officers determined Lin broke into The Sand Bar through conversation with Lin, as well as physical evidence, Ashe said.

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There have been no other recent burglary reports, he said.

Tricia Bloomer, owner of The Sand Bar, said that security measures in place helped identify the burglar, and that security measures have been enhanced, going forward.

"We consider it a cheap lesson well learned," she said.

Lin was arraigned in the village court in front of Judge Harold McClellan and remanded to the Rensselaer County Jail, according to the release.

Lin was previously arrested for possession of narcotics on April 5 in Hoosick Falls, Ashe said. He had been released the same day he was arrested on that charge.

Lin has no other criminal history in Hoosick Falls, Ashe said. Ashe connected this burglary to what he described as a serious problem with youth and drugs in the area, and said politicians in Albany are taking a lax attitude toward the issue.

"We've got to stop doing this," he said. "We got to [stop] treating these kids with kid gloves. We've got to be harder. They're instilling the discipline on the cops and the courts, and they're not instilling the discipline on the kids. Then they throw it on our hands."

Patricia LeBoeuf can be reached at pleboeuf@benningtonbanner.com, at @BAN_pleboeuf on Twitter and 802-447-7567, ext. 118.


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