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Posted on Thursday, April 5th, 2018 - - - This post has 434 views
Rensselaer Oak St. Residence gets Security Camera footage of Burglars attempting to Steal Alcohol
On March 28th the Rensselaer Police Department received a call of an attempted burglary at a residence on Oak Street. The homeowner advised that they have footage from their security cameras of two subjects attempting to break into the house.
Corporal Hammond arrived to speak with the victim and view the video. Two subjects are seen trying to force entry into the rear of the house using baseball bats. They were unsuccessful in making entry so they left the area on foot.
Cpl. Hammond also took a report of a vehicle being heavily damaged a few blocks from the scene of the burglary. The car had windows broken, mirrors torn off and a headlight damaged. Due to the close proximity of the attempted burglary it was believed the two complaints were related.
On April 2nd Cpl. Hammond was able to develop suspects in both cases. It was learned that Clarence Vanderbok (18) of Rensselaer and another juvenile had attempted to break into the house. The motive for the burglary was because they were looking for alcohol and knew that there was some inside of the victim’s house. Mr. Vanderbok was also in the group with several other juveniles that caused the damage to the parked vehicle a few blocks away.
The juvenile that was involved in the attempted burglary was transported to a juvenile detention center. Clarence Vanderbok was arrested and taken to the Jasper County Jail on charges of attempted burglary (level 5 felony) criminal mischief (class B misdemeanor) and contributing to the delinquency of a minor. Contributing in this case is a level 6 felony since Mr. Vanderbok aided a juvenile in committing a felony.
Charges of criminal mischief have also been forwarded to probation on other juveniles that were involved in damaging the vehicle.
Press release from Rensselaer Police Dept.(RPD)