May 5, 2013

Stolen shotgun recovered, arrests made

PLATTSBURGH — An undercover surveillance effort led to the recovery of a stolen gun in the City of Plattsburgh, along with three arrests.

On Wednesday, a Cornelia Street resident reported the theft of a 12-gauge Mossberg shotgun.

“Both uniformed officers and detectives worked the case,” police said in a statement.

The surveillance operation took place at Wilcox Dock on Cumberland Avenue. 

On Thursday, police arrested a 17-year-old boy whose name was not released due to his age, authorities said. He was charged with fourth-degree grand larceny, a felony.

Also taken into custody was Tom Pongratz, 22, of Stetson Avenue in Plattsburgh. He faces charges of criminal purchase of a weapon and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, both felonies.

And also arrested was Lily Butz, 19, also of Stetson Avenue. She was charged with possession of marijuana, a violation.

The 17-year-old and Butz were given appearance tickets, their arraignments set for a later date in Plattsburgh City Court.

Pongratz was held in Clinton County Court overnight, arraigned in City Court on Friday morning then returned to jail.

“The investigation into this matter continues, and additional charges are anticipated,” the release said.

The Clinton County Sheriff’s Department and agents from Homeland Security and Border Patrol assisted the city on the case.

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