Police allege a couple from Westchester County stole around $20,000 worth of tools and equipment from a number of buildings in Sullivan County.

The Village of Liberty Police Department and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office recently announced the arrest of 24-year-old Jessica Pipersburgh and Alexander Parker, 24, both of Mount Vernon after an investigation into multiple burglaries in Sullivan County.

Village of Liberty Police Department Investigates Burglaries on Hill Street in the Village of Liberty, New York

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The Village of Liberty Police were initially called for a report of a burglary to two commercial buildings on Hill Street in the Village of Liberty.

The investigation revealed that over nine thousand dollars worth of tools and equipment had been stolen from one building and damage had been done to the interior of another building in what appeared to be an attempt to steal copper piping, officials say.

Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office Investigates Burglaries on Old Monticello Road in the Town of Liberty, New York

Later that day the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office responded to a report of three additional buildings being burglarized on Old Monticello Road in the Town of Liberty. A joint investigation conducted by the Village of Liberty Police Department and the Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office resulted in identifying Pipersburgh and Parker as suspects in both burglaries, according to the Village of Liberty Police Department.

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Both individuals were located a short time later and arrested without incident. As a result of the continued investigation officers and deputies were brought to a location where they recovered over $9,000 worth of the stolen tools and equipment, police say.

Mount Vernon, New York Couple Accused Of Sullivan County Burglaries

For the alleged burglaries committed on Hill Street, the Village of Liberty Police Department charged both with two counts of burglary in the third degree, grand larceny in the third degree and criminal mischief in the third degree, all felonies.

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The Sullivan County Sheriff’s Office charged both with three counts of burglary in the third degree, felonies, and two counts of criminal mischief, misdemeanors, for the alleged burglaries that occurred in the Town of Liberty on Old Monticello Road.

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Both individuals were arraigned in the Town of Liberty Court. Pipersburgh was released on her own recognizance and Parker was remanded to Sullivan County Jail without bail.

These 7 Prisons Are The Most Violent In New York State

New York released a report with the most recent number of violent assaults on inmates in state prisons. There were 134 inmate deaths noted in the report, although it doesn't break down the prisons where each death occurred or who caused them. Here's a look at some of the general violent incidents reported for 2020, which is the most recent data reported by the state. Compared to 10 years ago, inmate assaults have almost doubled. In 2011 there were 666 and in 2020 there were 1,205 reported. These numbers do not include inmate assaults on staff members. Overall, the number of unusual incidents includes things like assaults, deaths, accidents, sexual misconduct, and disruptive behavior.  According to the state,
"The number of unusual incidents has increased 132% from 5,980 in 2011 to 13,870 in 2020. These higher incident numbers were largely due to increases in assaults on incarcerated individuals (+81%), assaults on staff (+86%), contraband (+130%), disruptive behavior (+372%), and staff use of weapons (+1,035%)."
  In 2020, 1,836 weapons used to cut or stab, including ice picks, razor blades, can lids and shanks were discovered in state prisons around New York.

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