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Officials investigate Waneta, Lamoka break-ins

    WANETA, LAMOKA LAKES—The Schuyler County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police (Bath) are investigating a series of burglaries and break-ins from the Waneta and Lamoka Lakes area since December.
    Sheriff’s Sergeant Matt Maloney explained that there have been over 10 break-ins at unoccupied cottages in the Waneta, Lamoka area. He added that there might be more burglaries that happened and haven’t been reported because the home owners won’t be back in the area until the spring.
    He explained their office has sent out patrols and is actively investigating the crimes. At this time, Maloney added the break-ins appear to be connected.
    “It’s pretty uncommon. You might get one or two, but to have a string is very uncommon,” said Maloney.
    He said that electronics and accessories (televisions, DVDs, etc.) are the main things being stolen. He explained the perpetrators are entering the homes through an available door. Maloney added there is still some question about when during the day the break-ins occur.
    “We’re telling people, please check your neighbors,” said Maloney about discovering break-ins. “We’re trying to get everybody checking.”
    Maloney said the first and foremost important thing people can do to prevent future burglaries is to make sure the house, car, etc. is locked up tight. He added, “pull the curtains shut so they can’t even look in and see if they want to steal anything.” He said more advanced ways to deter break-ins include installing motion activated lighting.
    Maloney said if the public has any information, they can call the sheriff’s office at 607-535-8222. He added they also have an anonymous tip line at 535-8224 or


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