2 face multiple charges in break-in

GLOVERSVILLE – A father and a 14-year-old boy are facing multiple charges, including burglary, after they entered a Division Street home Monday evening and caused thousands of dollars worth of damage, Police Chief Donald VanDeusen said this morning.

Cecilio Persen, 32, of 56 Sixth Ave., was arrested by city police Monday and charged with second-degree burglary and second-degree criminal mischief.

The 14-year-old also will face the same charges, but his case will be handled in Fulton County Family Court due to his age, the chief said. The boy will be turning himself in at the station later today, VanDeusen said.

VanDeusen said around 4:40 p.m. officers were dispatched to 79 Division St. for a report of shots fired inside the upstairs apartment. However, he said the investigation showed no shots were fired during the incident.

“The investigation determined it was a dispute over a 15-year-old female continually running away to that location several times,” VanDeusen said. “There was a report of a handgun being displayed during the incident, but he was in possession at the time, and we have since recovered a pellet pistol, which looks like a real firearm.”

He said Persen, who is the girl’s father, and the 14-year-old went to the residence armed with a pellet pistol and hammer in an attempt to find her.

“They destroyed the entire apartment, causing what appears to be several thousand dollars’ worth of damage,” the chief said.

VanDeusen said no injuries were caused by the incident.

He said the two left the residence with a third, unidentified person who had been waiting in a car after not finding her. However, she was later found hiding in the attic of the apartment by officers at the scene.

Persen turned himself in at the station around 9 p.m.

Persen was being held for arraignment this morning and further charges are pending against him, the chief said.