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January 23, 2014

Parents, brother of burglary suspect arrested

NORTH ELBA — Police say the parents and brother of a Peru woman facing burglary charges were in possession of stolen items.

“Knowingly” in possession, according to State Police Troop B Public Information Officer Trooper Jennifer Fleishman.

Leander H. Lawrence, 70; Sharon E. Lawrence, 61; and their son, Sean Michael C. Lawrence, 20, were arrested Jan. 17 and each charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a misdemeanor.

The stolen goods, Fleishman said in a press release, are connected to burglaries that took place in and around Plattsburgh and Lake Placid in September and October 2013.

Leander and Sharon’s daughter, Tara L. Reynolds, 34, is in Clinton County Jail, facing several felony burglary charges in connection with a string of break-ins and thefts that police say she perpetrated with Brandon S. Duby, 22.

He also remains jailed since arraignment in Ellenburg Town Court with Reynolds after allegedly burgling a home in that town on Sept. 19.

‘GUN, JEWELRY STOLEN’

The caretaker of a home on Plank Road alerted police after he saw an unfamiliar car pull into the driveway there, authorities said.

Reynolds and Duby fled into some woodlands but were apprehended by State Police with assistance from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection Border Patrol helicopter.

With a warrant, police searched their vehicle and reported finding many stolen items, including a .50-caliber black-powder long gun they said was stolen from Wal-Mart in Malone.

Reynolds and Duby were later charged with further felonies in connection with burglaries at homes on Recore Road in the Town of Altona and Henry Senior Drive in the Town of Peru and businesses on Military Turnpike and Martina Circle, both in the Town of Plattsburgh.

Their haul, police said, included jewelry, clothing, cigars and peanut brittle.

They also face misdemeanor possession of stolen property charges, Fleishman said earlier, and Reynolds was charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of a weapon, due to a prior felony conviction.

Both Reynolds and Duby have served time in Essex County Jail.

The three Lawrences were all given appearance tickets to return to North Elba Court at 7 p.m. Monday, Jan. 27.

Email Suzanne Moore:smoore@pressrepublican.com

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