By FELICIA KRIEG
---- — NORTH ELBA — A Canton man was arrested in connection with two ATM larcenies and police are still searching for his alleged accomplice.
Brandon D. Crandall, 21, was arrested by State Police Wednesday. The man who Crandall told police aided him in the crimes, Joseph C. Lugo, 24, is still at large.
The first larceny happened at about 2 a.m. Nov. 10. Two men wearing disguises allegedly drove up to an ATM at the NBT Bank at 1944 Saranac Ave. in Lake Placid and used a blow torch and a crow bar to try to break into the machine, Investigator Jonathan Garrow of Ray Brook-based State Police said.
While the two men were unsuccessful in gaining access to the ATM, they caused significant damage to the machine and the bank has since replaced it with a new one, Garrow said.
A few days later on Nov. 16, Canton Village Police stopped Lugo for a traffic infraction. He was charged with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, a misdemeanor.
Police determined that the car Lugo was driving, which is registered to his mother, was the one used during the Lake Placid ATM larceny, Garrow said. The vehicle was impounded pending a search warrant.
The second incident occurred in Canton a week later in the early morning of Nov. 17.
Lugo and Crandall allegedly broke into the Brewer Bookstore at St. Lawrence University on Romoda Drive and tried to gain access to another ATM. The two managed to remove the ATM from the bookstore and stole it, Garrow said.
Three days later, on Nov. 20, Crandall confessed to his and Lugo’s involvement in both larcenies to Canton Village Police and the St. Lawrence County Drug Task Force during an interview about two unrelated investigations involving marijuana, Garrow said.
Crandall lead the two agencies to the stolen ATM machine, which was being stored at a residence on the Sykes Road in Canton. Police also uncovered $17,600 that the two men had extracted from the ATM.
On Wednesday, Garrow interviewed Crandall regarding the Lake Placid incident at the Ray Brook State Police barracks, where he confessed to the crime in full detail and provided police with a written statement, Garrow said.
He lead State Police to the blow torch and crow bar that had been used in both burglaries, Garrow said.
Crandall was arrested just before 10 a.m. that day at the barracks and was charged with second-degree criminal mischief and fourth-degree grand larceny of property valued at more than $1,000, both felonies.
He was arraigned at the Town of North Elba Court and released under the supervision of a probation officer.
Crandall is scheduled to reappear in court at 6 p.m. Dec. 10.
Police are still searching for Lugo, who was living with Crandall at a residence in Canton, Garrow said.
The Canton Police Department did not return calls from the Press-Republican.
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