Tuesday, August 24, 2010

Albany Police arrest man in pitbull theft

From WRGB

Albany Police arrested a downstate man, for allegedly stealing two pitbulls.
Officers were called to 131 Clinton Street around 6:45 Monday night. A man there, told them Jamel Forbes, a man that he was familiar with, stole his two pitbull puppies at gunpoint, then ran into 137 Clinton Street.
Police then surrounded that home, but then realized Forbes had gotten out the back door. According to police, they saw him in the backyard, and he took off running, jumping several fences, before police say he kicked in an apartment door at 29 Second Street. Police say there was a 14 year old boy inside the apartment, and Forbes refused to let him leave, then took his cell phone so he couldn't call for help. When police attempted to block off the area, they say Forbes fled again. He was eventually spotted and taken into custody.
While being charged, police say Forbes originally gave a false name, and refused to submit to fingerprinting and photographs, before admitting to being on parole out of New York City. Police say they also found a handcuff key tied to a string that he had hidden inside his mouth.
 
He was charged with Robbery, Burglary, Endangering the Welfare of a Child, Menancing, Unlawful Imprisonment, Obstruction, Criminal Impersonation and Possesion of Contraband in Prison, and was sent to jail without bail.
 
Both Pit Bulls were found unharmed.  The 14 year boy was also not hurt.

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