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Three Summit lax players charged with theft, vandalism

August 8, 2011
By NATHAN BROWN - Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

LAKE PLACID - Three visiting lacrosse players were arrested Sunday and charged with vandalizing and stealing from cars in the Hillcrest Avenue, Acorn Street and Nash Street areas.

At 5:31 a.m., village police arrested Logan F. Tousaw, 19, of Syracuse, and an 18-year-old male from Clifton Park whose name police withheld as he may be eligible for youthful offender status. They arrested Eric L. DeJohn, 19, of Syracuse, at 9:40 a.m.

Village police said they responded to a complaint of three males breaking into cars in the neighborhood and arrested them. After further investigation, police said they determined the three damaged numerous vehicles, went inside unlocked vehicles and stole items from them. The damage included broken rear-view mirrors, broken windows, dents and scratches. They also allegedly broke glass beer bottles in the roadway.

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A police photographer is reflected in the broken window of a vehicle that Lake Placid police say was vandalized by three teenage players in the Summit Lacrosse Tournament this weekend in Lake Placid.
(Photo — Lake Placid Police Department)

Police are asking people who live in the area to check their vehicles and property for possible damage or theft, and to report it to police if they find any.

All three were charged with third-degree criminal mischief, attempted petit larceny, fifth-degree conspiracy and reckless endangerment of property. The 18-year-old was also charged with second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Police said he was found in possession of a forged driver's license saying he was over 21.

The investigation is ongoing, and more charges are pending. The three were in town for the Lake Placid Summit Lacrosse Tournament.

The three were each arraigned before North Elba town Justice Dean Dietrich and released after posting $1,000 cash bail.


Contact Nathan Brown at 518-891-2600 ext. 26 or



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