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Cops: Mom, son hired teen to torch Schenectady house

Scheme allegedly concocted to collect insurance

Deputy Chief Kurt Gerfin, left, talks to dispatch on the radio as firefighters Jeff Huth and Lt. Marc Ciccone go to work at a 2-alarm house fire at 64 Linden Avenue, May 15, 2014.
Photographer: Peter R. Barber
Deputy Chief Kurt Gerfin, left, talks to dispatch on the radio as firefighters Jeff Huth and Lt. Marc Ciccone go to work at a 2-alarm house fire at 64 Linden Avenue, May 15, 2014.
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In a scheme to collect insurance money, a mother and son hired a 14-year-old to commit arson, police said. They offered the following account: Sardawatie K. Beedasee, 42, of Schenectady, decided to collect insurance on her vacant house at 66-68 Linden St. by burning it down. So she told her 21-year-old son Romal Ramgadoo to find someone who would accept money to start the fire. He allegedly hired a 14-year-old, who set the fire on ...


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wmarincic
June 24, 2014
11:53 a.m.

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Tell me why the animal was even on the street if arson was not his most serious crime. He is 14, how much disruption do you think he caused in school too?

safny
June 24, 2014
4:31 p.m.

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What is worse than arson - murder? Gun violence? I think arson is EXTREMELY serious as once you start it you can't control it. It threatens people, their homes, their pets, and the firefighters who respond. Mom and sonny need to go to PRISON. That's it - nothing else, PRISON.

pro-tech
June 25, 2014
3:58 p.m.

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Well hopefully this time the 14 year old will go away for awhile and where the hell are his parents.. If he was mine he would have a foot so far up his butt he wouldn't be able to walk.. As for the Beedasee and Ramdagoo (are they real names)they need to get the max prison term that they can get.. Not just for arson but insurance fraud endangering the welfare of a minor and what ever else they can find..And not a free ride prison either a prison where they have to work there a--es off... And then after there done with there sentence Deport them back to where they came from... They don't deserve to live in this country anymore..

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