Arrest Made in Recent Burglaries

by Judy Silberstein

(September 24, 2008) A suspect arrested in Port Chester by Mamaroneck Town detectives on Saturday, September 20 has been charged with burglarizing a Durham Road home in Mamaroneck Town on Friday, September 19. The suspect was later found to be in possession of items from previous burglaries in Mamaroneck Town, Larchmont Village and other neighboring communities.

ktmcbrideMamaroneck Town detectives had been investigating a rash of local burglaries and looking for links to similar crimes throughout Westchester when they came upon evidence that incriminated Keith T. McBride, 44, from Croton-on-Hudson.

Police said they based their arrest and a charge of second degree burglary on business records, recovered physical evidence and direct surveillance. Mamaroneck Town collaborated with Westchester County, Rye and Harrison departments in the investigation and arrest.

Following the arrest, police recovered numerous items and positively identified some as being from Durham Road, with additional items from a September 15 burglary on Doris Road and others from recent burglaries in Larchmont Village and Scarsdale.
Mamaroneck detectives were busy processing additional items and attempting to have them identified by victims of recent burglaries. By Wednesday, residents of Mamaroneck Town, Larchmont Village and Scarsdale had identified their possessions and more people were scheduled to meet with the detectives.

The Durham Road home had been entered by breaking a window in the rear of the house. On Doris Road, police believe the point of entry was an unlocked rear door, and in Larchmont, police believe an open rear window was used on September 13 to enter a home on Pine Brook Drive. (See: After Break-ins, Residents Warned to Lock Doors & Windows.)

As of Thursday, September 25, Larchmont Village police were still investigating and could provide no direct confirmation of whether the same suspect was responsible for the recent incident in Larchmont. “We’re trying to compare what our victims reported stolen to what was recovered,” said Chief John Poleway.

It's not clear yet if the suspect will also be tied to a string of Mamaroneck Town burglaries beginning this year in May. (See: Patio Door Burglars Hit Mamaroneck Town.)

On September 14, Sgt. Ron Knudsen of the Larchmont Village police, addressed residents at the Pine Brook neighborhood association picnic and reminded them to lock doors and windows and arm alarms when they leave the house or retire for the night.

Even with a likely suspect identified and locked up, police and municipal officials were continuing to recommend the wisdom of these simple safety precautions.