Three men were arrested on Feb. 15 in connection with the burglaries of two Richmond Hill homes – one in Piercefield and the other in Main Street.
After an investigation by RHPD detectives Mike Albritton and Dana Strickland, Richmond Hill residents Michael Kempf ,20, Jarius Anderson, 18, and Michael Williamson, 20, were charged with the two separate incidents.
According to the police report, the first burglary allegedly occurred on Feb. 7 when a Piercefield Drive resident came home and said he noticed that his sliding glass door was open and the following items were missing: bow and arrow, XBox, flat screen TV and laptop.
The alleged Main Street burglary occurred four days later on Feb. 11. According to the report, two brothers arrived at their residence on Laurel Hill Circle late in the afternoon to find the back door and several bedroom doors open.
The following items were among those reported as missing from the home: Ipod, Playstation 3, and a safe containing the family’s passports, permanent resident cards, spare keys to their cars, U.S. and Canadian currency and other items.
While searching the perimeter, officers found the safe in the woods behind the residence. It had reportedly been opened with a hammer and the contents had been set on fire – destroying the documents.
Det. Strickland said he got a lead in the Piercefield case which led him the next door neighbor of the victim, Williamson. Williamson was implicated after being questioned. Strickland also said many of the items were found at various pawn shops in Kempf’s name and it was established that Williamson and Kempf were both in the area at the time of the crime.
Strickland said an arrest warrant was issued for Kempf, who was arrested at his residence on Hope Creek Drive.
Strickland said when he patted down Kempf he found marijuana, cocaine and Canadian money on him as well as credit cards and a social security card belonging to the Main Street victims.
Strickland said Williamson and Kempf both implicated Anderson’s involvements in the crimes. A subsequent search of Anderson’s residence on Piercefield Drive turned up some of the missing items from both burglaries, according to Strickland.
Strickland said he and Albritton have received confessions from Williamson and Kempf. Williamson was released Feb. 20 when a $10,000 bond was posted; Kempf and Anderson currently remain at the Bryan County Jail pending a $30,500 and $17,000 bond respectively.
- by Ross Blair