HUDSON — Police say they are looking for at least two vandals after 27 vehicles were damaged in two separate incidents in the city.
The first incident was reported at 9:10 a.m. Sunday at the First Reformed Church, 52 Green St. where five vehicles had tires slashed. All four tires were slashed on three of the five vehicles, and two had three of their tires punctured, according to Hudson police.
The tires were damaged between 7:30 a.m. and 9:10 a.m. Sunday while the vehicles’ owners were preparing for church services, police said.
Officers interviewed people in the neighborhood, but are looking for the public’s help. Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call city police detectives at 518-828-3388.
“There is no indication that it was a hate crime or targeting the congregation because of religious beliefs,” Hudson Police Chief L. Edward Moore said.
Twenty-two cars were damaged in a second incident in downtown Hudson at 12:57 a.m. Tuesday. Police received at least two calls about someone damaging car mirrors in the area of the 100-200 blocks of Union Street near South Front Street.
Officers patroling the Furgary Shacks on Dock Street less than a half-mile away arrived at Union Street within minutes, police said.
Police documented 22 cars with damaged mirrors on Front, First and Second, Union and Warren streets. One vehicle had a large chunk of marble thrown through the driver’s side window, according to police.
Investigators continued searching for the suspect Wednesday. Witnesses described him as a 160-pound male who was wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt, police said.
“We had two citizens call in the complaint almost simultaneously,” Moore said. “I think the heavy rain kept more people from seeing or hearing the vandal while he was in the act.”
An arrest made Monday may be connected to Sunday’s string of vandalism reported at the First Reformed Church, police said.
Jesus Manuel Rosado, 34, of Hudson, was charged with second-degree criminal trespass, a class A misdemeanor; third-degree burglary, a class D felony; third-degree criminal mischief, a class E felony, according to police.
Police were called to 68 Green St. around 10:18 a.m. Monday after they received a call from a witness who said someone was trying to break into an unoccupied apartment there. Rosado lives in another apartment in the building, Moore said.
Rosado was caught as he attempted to walk away from the apartment, police said.
Rosado, who was fully clothed, was wearing an athletic cup and a pair of yellow rubber gloves. He was found carrying a pair of handcuffs, a large knife and leg shackles, police said.
Police do not know why Rosado broke into the two apartments. Investigators do not believe he was under the influence of drugs or alcohol.
Rosado repeatedly told police officers he is “federally funded,” Moore said.
He was in jail at the time the second string of vandalism took place Tuesday.
“We are currently checking to see if the two Green Street events are connected,” Moore said.
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