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March 27, 2013

Second arrest in Saranac Lake burglary

SARANAC LAKE — A Saranac Lake man was charged with burglary Monday following stolen-car arrests.

The two incidents are not related, said Saranac Lake Police Chief Bruce Nason, but investigation of the car case led to information on the other.

He said Joshua P. Whitty, 23, broke into a local business on March 18 and stole at least 14 bottles of liquor, which are valued at about $400.

The business was still completing its inventory to determine the exact loss, Nason said.

Whitty, arrested Monday afternoon, was charged with third-degree burglary, a felony, and petit larceny.

His arrest followed that of a 17-year-old youthful offender who incurred the same charges and also faces a charge of fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony, for his alleged part in the car theft.

Nason told the Press-Republican that Timothy W. Besaw, 21; Thomas M. Hough Jr., 19; and the 17-year-old stole a vehicle from the village and drove it to the Albany area.

The car had been missing from Franklin Avenue in Saranac Lake since Saturday.

The youthful offender was arraigned Monday morning in Saranac Lake Village Court and released after another person posted $500 cash bail for him.

Whitty was arraigned in Village Court and sent to Franklin County Jail in lieu of $2,500 bail or $5,000 bond.

Whitty and the teen’s court dates were not available Tuesday.

Investigation of the burglary was ongoing and more arrests were pending, Saranac Lake Police said in a press release.

Email Felicia Krieg:fkrieg@pressrepublican.com

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