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Daily posts and occasional longer essays about politics, culture, and life in the Capital Region...updated M-F, midmorning


"I write this not as a booster of Albany, which I am, nor an apologist for the city, which I sometimes am, but rather as a person whose imagination has become fused with a single place, and in that place finds all the elements that a man ever needs..." -W. Kennedy, from O Albany!

ARSON: the lighter side...

I know that arson is nothing to joke about, and obviously I'm glad that the Grand Street arsonist has bee caught, but there's no way you cannot laugh at the way that they caught him:
Joe Abbruzzese, the owner of Hill Street Cafe, says a man identifying himself as State Fire Investigator Lt. Watkins, came into his bar just a couple of days after the May 14 Grand Street fire. It turns out that Watkins was really John Watson, the man now accused of setting that fire.During their conversation, Abbruzzese told Watson he had surveillance cameras in the lot, and tapes from the fire, and he could have them ready in an hour.

Abbruzzese says he sensed Watson was lying to him and he wasn't going to give up the tapes. Abbruzzese left to go get the tapes, and in the meantime, the real investigator called to get the same tapes. When police came to the bar, Watson was arrested and charged with a parole violation, and a week later he was charged with arson.
So, to recap:

1) Watson sets fire to an apartment building.
2) He then realizes that there are security cameras of the scene.
3) So he decides he needs to get the tapes, presumably to destroy them.
4) And his plan of action is to pretend he's the fire chief and just ask for them.

Good lord! I don't know if this is a record for criminal stupidity or general audacity.
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