Press-Republican

September 4, 2013

Tupper man charged in car theft, burglary

By KIM SMITH DEDAM
Press-Republican

---- — TUPPER LAKE — Police here arrested a Tupper Lake man in connection with a burglary and evidence related to a car theft.

Joshua A. LaFlair, 26, was taken into custody on Aug. 30 and charged with third-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny.

The arrest stems from two incidents last Thursday.

Early that morning, Tupper Lake Village Police responded to burglar-alarm activation at Ray’s Liquor Store on Demars Boulevard.

Police Chief Eric T. Proulx said in a press release that, at about 2:50 a.m., “responding officers found forced entry had been made to the Liquor Store. After securing the building, officers notified the owner.”

The proprietor arrived to find several bottles of liquor had been taken.

Then, a few hours later at 8 a.m., a call to police reported a stolen vehicle. 

Proulx said the car was taken from a residence on McCarthy Street.

“The vehicle was located a short time later in a parking lot in the village,” he said.

But several items had been stolen from inside the car, he added.

FOLLOWED SUSPECT

The police investigation led to a description of a possible suspect.

And on Friday, off-duty Tupper Lake Police Officer Matthew Dana saw a person on Main Street fitting the description.

“Officer Dana followed the person (LaFlair) from a distance and observed him enter a private residence,” Proulx said.

Dana then called for uniformed police.

Police gained consent to search and entered the Lafayette Street residence and found the alleged burglar and several items related to the Liquor Store burglary and vehicle theft, Proulx said.

LaFlair was arrested Friday afternoon and arraigned in Village Court.

He was taken to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bond, where he remained on Tuesday.

Police said additional charges against him were pending further investigation.

The police chief praised Dana for remaining vigilant while off duty and helping to locate the alleged burglar.

Email Kim Smith Dedam: kdedam@pressrepublican.com