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January 13, 2013

Details released on string of Franklin County burglaries

MALONE — Christopher W. Tuper, police say, committed 22 burglaries over the course of about three and a half years.

He remained in Franklin County Jail on Saturday in lieu of $100,000 cash bail or $200,000 bail bond, according to the Sheriff’s Department.

A September 2012 grand jury indictment formally accused Tuper, 31, of 22 counts of burglary; he was arraigned before Judge Robert G. Main Jr. on Sept. 20.

State Police and the Franklin County District Attorney’s Office have just released details on the alleged crimes.

Heather A. Golden, 26; Andrea M. O’Keefe, 38; and Adam F. Gervais, 25, all of Malone, were alleged accomplices in some of the burglaries, police said. They were charged with misdemeanors only.

The 22 burglaries happened in both businesses and private residences in the towns of Bellmont, Malone, Bangor, Westville, Duane and Moira between November 2008 and April 2012, the indictment says.

In at least seven of the crimes, five of which occurred on the same day, Tuper stole or attempted to steal money from businesses in the Town of Malone, State Police Troop B Bureau of Criminal Investigation Investigator Donald Martin said. 

Tuper also attempted to steal or stole money from Sample Lumber in the Town of Bangor, Martin said. 

UNSOLVED MURDER

Tuper’s older brother, Michael Tuper, who has a long history of committing burglaries, had been a suspect in the 2002 murder of Marie Fleury, until it was determined he had been incarcerated for other crimes on that date.

On Oct. 17 of that year, Robert Fleury, 81, found his 64-year-old wife dead on the floor of their Westville home. An autopsy found she died of blunt-force trauma to the head and torso. A hammer may have been the murder weapon, as it was admitted as evidence in the case.

Mr. Fleury has since died.

As to Christopher’s possible involvement in the murder, Champagne declined to comment for a story last October and again this week.

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