HUDSON — Two women believed to be suspects in two overnight burglaries in the city were taken into custody Friday afternoon, according to Hudson police.
Nolita’s Cafe at 454 Warren St. and Governor’s Tavern at 14 S. Seventh St. were hit between 1 a.m. and 6 a.m. Friday, Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said.
Rosemarie Cooper, 38, and Elizabeth Stoecker, 26, both of Hudson, have been arrested, but they were not formally charged as of 6 p.m. Friday, according to Hudson police. Charges are pending and additional charges are likely, police said.
“An arraignment is pending as detectives continue to gather evidence and conduct interviews,” Hudson police said in a statement Friday.
An arrest warrant for petty larceny was pending Friday against Cooper in the village of Catskill. Stoecker had a pending warrant in Hudson on Friday for a misdemeanor drug possession charge.
Hudson officer Jonathan Merante identified the suspects using several surveillance videos, while Sgt. Dean Rowe later located the suspects at 68 Harry Howard Ave., according to police.
Cooper and Stoecker were interviewed by investigators and then arrested, according to police.
Two screenshots of surveillance footage released by police from one of the crime scenes shows two women — one wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and blue jeans walking away with a cash register, the other wearing a light-colored sweatshirt with flip flops and socks.
Governor’s Tavern co-owner Brian Dykeman, who lives above his business on South Seventh Street, said he was sound asleep when two women allegedly broke in through a window above the patio, broke off a cash register drawer and stole cash early Friday morning.
A digital monitor used to take orders was damaged, Dykeman said. About $400 was stolen from the Seventh Street pub, according to Hudson police.
“It sucks, but it also could have been worse,” Dykeman said Friday afternoon outside his restaurant, which has reopened for business. “They could have also broken bottles or vandalized the place.”
Because of the break-in, Dykeman said the staff opened the restaurant 90 minutes later than usual Friday.
“In any business, you know, you have hurdles and you just roll with the punches,” he said. “We’re a little mom-and-pop business. We work hard, but people are still showing up. We had to turn away a few groups earlier because we weren’t open yet.”
Between the broken window, cash register and digital monitor, Dykeman estimates the damage will cost him “a few grand.”
“But, everyone is safe and that’s the important thing,” he said. “No one got hurt.”
Hudson police are also investigating trespassing reports at Wm. Farmer and Sons Boarding & Barroom at 20 S. Front St., and Sam’s Market at 101 Warren St., but they have not been classified as burglaries and it is unclear if they are related to the break-ins at Governor’s Tavern and Nolita, Moore said.
Dykeman said he was impressed with the response from Hudson police.
“The police were here and they were amazing,” he said. “They were on track and they were really great. We definitely feel comfortable with them being next door. I am not really worried about future occurrences.”
On Friday afternoon, a sign outside Nolita Cafe posted, “Sorry we are closed. Open tomorrow around 10 a.m.” Police said two cash registers were removed from the cafe and owners reported at least $150 was missing, police said.
Meanwhile, as police continue their investigation, the owners of Governor’s Tavern are taking the incident in stride and mordant humor. Written beside the fish and chips special on the board outside the pub: “It’s a steal.”
Police are asking anyone with information about any of the incidents to call 518-828-3388 and to leave a message for detectives investigating the burglaries.
*Editor's note: This story updates an earlier version where Hudson police initially said all four incidents were being investigated as burglaries. Trespassing reports are being investigated at Wm. Farmer and Sons Boarding & Barroom at 20 S. Front St., and Sam’s Market at 101 Warren St.
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