January 18, 2013

Two people charged in Saranac Lake burglary


---- — SARANAC LAKE — Two Saranac Lake residents were charged Wednesday in connection with a Nov. 25, 2012, burglary of a business.

The burglary occurred in the early morning hours of Nov. 25 at a convenience store in the downtown area of Saranac Lake, Saranac Lake Police Chief Bruce Nason said.

He declined to release the name of the business.

Shortly before the burglary, Robert W. Cruz, 26, was working with one other employee in the store when the other employee went into a different area of the business, Nason said.

Cruz allegedly contacted Margarita W. Bonet, 22, who entered the store from a back door and took about $2,500 from a counter in the store’s office and left the building, Nason said.

It’s possible that the money was being counted around the time of the burglary, Nason said.

An employee of the business reported the burglary, Nason said.

Cruz was arrested at 3 p.m. Tuesday and Bonet was arrested at just after 9 a.m. Wednesday.

Both Cruz and Bonet were charged with third-degree burglary, a felony; fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony; and fifth-degree conspiracy, a misdemeanor.

Cruz and Bonet were both arraigned in Saranac Lake Village Court and were sent to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash bail or $20,000 bail bond for each of them, Nason said.

The investigation is ongoing, Nason said, and the Saranac Lake Police Department is working to obtain additional information about the circumstances of the burglary.

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