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Utica homicide victim's home burglarized

The Utica Police Department is investigating a burglary of the home of a homicide victim on Christmas Eve.

Posted: Dec 25, 2020 7:44 PM
Updated: Dec 25, 2020 11:29 PM

UTICA, N.Y. - The Utica Police Department is investigating a burglary of the home of a homicide victim on Christmas Eve.

On Dec. 24, Utica Police units were dispatched to Arnold Ave. regarding a burglary in progress investigation.

Upon arrival, it was learned that an individual had just witnessed two parties exit a residence there carrying bags of items.

The witness was familiar with the residence and knew that the suspects did not have permission to be inside the home.

The witness also saw these individuals enter into a black Jeep Wrangler and begin traveling toward the Gilmore Village apartment complex.

Police say the Jeep then began to chase the witness and her sister in their vehicle. As this was occurring a party within the Jeep fired at least one round at their vehicle, striking it.

Upon returning to the scene of the burglary, it was learned that numerous items of value were stolen.

Furthermore, it was learned that the home that was burglarized is the residence of homicide victim, Martin Martinez who was killed on Dec. 23.

All of the Christmas presents that he had purchased for his children were stolen during the burglary.

A Go-Fund-Me page has been set up for Martinez's family.

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