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February 7, 2013

ATM larceny suspect caught in Louisiana

RAY BROOK — A DeKalb Junction man suspected in two ATM larcenies was apprehended in Louisiana.

The State Police Troop B Bureau of Criminal Investigation in Ray Brook was notified Monday that Joseph C. Lugo, 24, was taken into custody by the Vermillion County Sheriff’s Office in Abbeville, La., as a fugitive from justice, according to a press release from State Police.

Police had been searching for Lugo since he fled the area in November 2012 after he and Brandon D. Crandall, 21, of Canton allegedly tried to break into an ATM in Lake Placid.

Lugo was wanted on arrest warrants issued by North Elba Town Court for second-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal mischief, both felonies.

He was also sought by the Canton Village Police Department for his alleged involvement in the theft of an automatic teller machine at St. Lawrence University.

As of Wednesday, Lugo was held at the Vermillion County Parish Jail pending an extradition hearing scheduled for 10 a.m. today.

‘STOLE ATM’

Lugo was living with Crandall at a residence in Canton at the time of the larcenies, Ray Brook-based State Police told the Press-Republican in December.

In the early morning hours of Nov. 10, police said, Crandall and Lugo, who were wearing disguises, used a blow torch and crowbar to try to break into the ATM at the NBT Bank located at 1944 Saranac Ave. in Lake Placid.

Six days later, Canton Village Police stopped Lugo in his vehicle and charged him with second-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a vehicle, a misdemeanor.

Police suspected the car Lugo was driving was the one used in the Lake Placid ATM larceny.

The second larceny took place in the early morning of Nov. 17, when Lugo and Crandall allegedly broke into the Brewer Bookstore at St. Lawrence University and tried to gain access to another ATM, police said.

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