Suspect Arrested for West Side BInghamton Burglaries

By Kerri O'Hara

July 22, 2010 Updated Apr 9, 2006 at 1:42 PM EDT

23-year-old Richard Tessmer is in the Broome County Jail, charged with burglary.

"All kinds of stuff … we have computers, camera equipment, jewelry, bonds and checks. They were taking a lot of things of value," says Capt. Alex Minor of the Binghamton Police.

That's the loot Binghamton Police say they found at 118 Walnut Street in Binghamton, the home of Richard Tessmer.

Police believe he is responsible for 35 burglaries in both homes and businesses in the city since January 1st.

"Since the beginning of the year, we've certainly seen a pattern in these kind of burglaries. The MO has been very similar," says Minor.

With similarities that led police to believe the burglaries were not random, each house was targeted for what was inside.

All of the burglaries happened in West Side Neighborhoods from Main Street to the Susquehanna River. Police won't give addresses.

They say the burglar got in through back doors or by breaking windows.

Minor won't say if he thinks Tessmer had help with the break-ins on Binghamton's West Side, but Mayor Matt Ryan says if there were helpers, they'll be caught.

"The scrutiny is even more focused now, and I'm hopeful there won't be any more burglaries from this group of people," says Ryan.

Police will only say they expect to make more arrests and file more charges.

Tessmer was arrested at his home on Walnut Street on Wednesday.

He was arraigned in Binghamton City court and sent to the Broome County Jail without bail.

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