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September 25, 2013

Car theft, burglaries drop in Troy

By Terry Oparka
C & G Staff Writer

Following national trends, property crime in the city of Troy decreased in 2012.

Nationally, according to statistics the FBI released last week, property crimes in the U.S. decreased by just under 1 percent.

In Troy, property crime also decreased from 2011 to 2012, with the exception of arson, which increased from seven incidents to 14.

Larceny/theft makes up most of the property crime in Troy.

Troy Police Sgt. Andy Breidenich said that Troy attributes the number of property crimes, which includes shoplifting, in the city to its large retail presence. 

Following the national trend where the number of burglaries dropped 3.7 percent, in Troy, burglaries dropped from 236 in 2011 to 181 in 2012. 

There were two murders in the city of Troy in 2012 and none in 2011.

“Both were solved,” Breidenich noted.

Kenneth Michael Little stands charged with first-degree murder of his 3-month-old daughter, and Patrick Mikes Jr. was sentenced to 12-20 years in prison after he was charged with open murder and pleaded guilty but mentally ill to the second-degree murder of his father.

You can reach C & G Staff Writer Terry Oparka at toparka@candgnews.com or at (586)498-1054.