July 19, 2013

Man sought by police now charged in robbery

By FELICIA KRIEG Press-Republican

---- — PLATTSBURGH — State Police have now charged a Keeseville man — who was earlier sought for questioning — in connection with a Plattsburgh strong-arm robbery.

David B. Bresette Jr., 24, allegedly robbed a woman at about 6:15 p.m. in the parking lot of Plattsburgh Wholesale Homes on July 13, State Police said in a press release.

The woman came to the State Police barracks in Plattsburgh to report the robbery, Bureau of Criminal Investigation Investigator Matthew Dandrow told the Press-Republican earlier this week.

A State Police blotter entry lists the time the incident was reported to police as 9:54 on July 13.


The woman who was allegedly robbed was not injured, Dandrow said, although force not attributed to a weapon was used in the strong-arm robbery.

The investigator said Bresette stole undisclosed items during the robbery, but Dandrow would not say what they were.

“Anything else at this point, I think would compromise the investigation.”

On Tuesday, State Police had asked media outlets to distribute Bresette’s photo and a description of the robbery in the hopes they would get a tip.

At that point, Dandrow said, Bresette wasn’t a suspect; police were just interested in talking with him.

The investigator said Bresette did not tell police why he surrendered himself at the State Police barracks in Plattsburgh at about 11:30 Wednesday night.

Bresette was charged with second-degree robbery, a felony.

He was arraigned before Judge Kevin Patnode in Plattsburgh Town Court and was sent to Clinton County Jail without bail due to three prior felony convictions, Dandrow said.


Bresette was arrested in October 2011 and charged with second-degree burglary and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, both felonies, as well as possession a hypodermic instrument, a misdemeanor.

The stolen property taken from the Peru residence was valued at more than $1,000, State Police said soon after the arrest.

The burglary was reported to police in February 2011, and two other men in their early 20s were also arrested in connection with that crime.

In April 2012, Bresette was sentenced to six months in jail and five years probation after he pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary, a felony.

Then in October 2012, Bresette was arrested in connection with a January 2012 burglary on Highlands Road in the Town of Chesterfield.

He was charged with third-degree burglary. Police said an assortment of scrap metal and scrap-type items were stolen from a barn, and a parts truck was taken from outside the residence.

Then in November 2012, Plattsburgh-based State Police told the Press-Republican that Bresette and a Peru man had burglarized a bar in Chesterfield several times between June 2011 and January 2012.

The two men stole washing machines, old radiators, bed frames, scaffolding, mowers, miscellaneous tools and other materials, police said.

Bresette was scheduled to appear back in Plattsburgh Town Court Thursday evening on the robbery charge.

The investigation is ongoing, said Troop B Bureau of Criminal Investigation Lt. Brent Davison.

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