Press-Republican

January 13, 2013

Details released on string of Franklin County burglaries

By FELICIA KRIEG
Press-Republican

---- — 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.

He said in October, just before the anniversary of the homicide, that it is believed Marie’s killer is someone who had been at the home in the past and knew the couple. And he said the overall investigation focused on who in the county could or would have burglarized residences around the time she was murdered.

Michael is currently serving time in state prison for 10 burglaries. He was sentenced last October to seven concurrent eight-year terms for second-degree burglary, five years of post-release supervision and three concurrent terms of three and a half to seven years for the other burglaries, four years for the marijuana possession charge and three and a half to seven years for third-degree criminal possession of a weapon.

In 1997, he was convicted on 20 burglary charges and sentenced to state prison for a seven-to-20-year term for third-degree burglary. He was released on parole in 2008.

APPEARANCE TICKETS

Golden, O’Keefe and Gervais voluntarily reported to State Police in October and were given appearance tickets for the individual towns for each of the charges, according to the indictment. They are under the supervision of the County Probation Department.

Golden is charged with fifth-degree conspiracy for her alleged involvement in eight of the burglaries.

Gervais is charged with third-degree criminal trespass and fifth-degree conspiracy in an April 21, 2012, burglary of Tony’s Auto Sales in Bangor.

O’Keefe was charged with fifth-degree conspiracy for allegedly assisting Christopher in all but one of the burglaries.

Their court dates were not available Saturday.

Email Felicia Krieg:

fkrieg@pressrepublican.com

THE CHARGES Here's a list of the 22 burglaries from the Franklin County Court grand jury indictment from September 2012 that Christopher Tuper is charged with. The burglaries of the residences yielded felony charges, second-degree burglary for residences and third-degree for businesses. Nov. 13, 2008, a residence on State Route 11, Town of Burke. Aug. 15, 2009, Hurley Machine Shop, Town of Bellmont. June 4, 2011, a residence on State Route 11, Burke. Aug. 7, 2011, Bills, Bait and Beer, Town of Bellmont. Aug. 10 and Aug. 27, 2011, the Moose Lodge, Town of Malone. Aug. 27, 2011, Franklin County Transfer Station, Town of Malone. Aug. 27, 2011, Farm Family Insurance, Town of Malone. Aug. 27, 2011, Uncle Sankies Ice Cream Stand, Town of Malone. Aug. 27, 2011, Matthew's Oil Service, Town of Malone. Aug. 27, 2011, Sample Lumber, Town of Bangor. Aug. 26, 27, 2011, Country Side Diner, Town of Malone. Sept. 10, 2011, a residence on Denio Road, Town of Malone. Oct. 12, 2011, Elm Circle Restaurant, Town of Westville. Oct. 13, 2011, a residence on County Route 24, Town of Malone. Oct. 20, 2011, a residence at Studley Hill Road, Duane. Oct. 21, 2011, Joe's Glass in the Town of Malone. Nov. 9, 2011, a storage-container business on Powers Road, Town of Malone. Jan. 7, 2012, a residence on Studley Hill Road, Duane. Feb. 18, 2012, a residence on Trail Road, Bellmont. March 9, 2012, a residence on County Route 7 in Town of Moira. April 21, 2012, Tony's Auto Sales, Bangor.