AuSABLE FORKS - Four men were arrested Wednesday and charged with several burglaries in AuSable Forks, including breaking into a residence evacuated due to Tropical Storm Irene.
Police say they stole guns, liquor, televisions and jewelry, among other things.
One of the defendants, 21-year-old Brennen D. Smith of AuSable Forks, allegedly broke into a College Street residence on Tuesday, stealing two handguns and other property. According to state police, he then gave the handguns to Alexander J. Santa Maria, 20, also of AuSable Forks, who hid them near the side of a road in Jay. Both handguns were recovered.
All four defendants were charged with having broken into Adirondack Mountain Spirits during the early morning hours Wednesday and stealing several bottles of liquor.
Also on Wednesday, all four allegedly broke into an Intervale Avenue residence that had been evacuated due to flooding and stole a television. Later that day, police say, Smith, Santa Maria and Lance A. Sawyer, 19, of Jay, broke into the home again and stole another television, jewelry, a fan and cigarettes.
These break-ins are the first confirmed burglaries to a residence evacuated due to the storm, police said.
During the investigation, police determined that Smith and Santa Maria had stolen a state police uniform from the American Village Dry Cleaners in Malone. The uniform was recovered, and the investigation is continuing in conjunction with the Malone police department.
All four - the three already mentioned plus Ryan D. Evens, 20, of Keeseville - were arraigned before Jay town Justice Daniel Deyoe and sent to Essex County Jail in lieu of bail. Felony hearings have been scheduled for Monday.
Smith is being charged with three counts of second-degree burglary, one count of third-degree burglary and one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property. Santa Maria is being charged with two counts of second-degree burglary, one count of third-degree burglary, one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and one count of fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon.
Evens is being charged with one count of second-degree burglary and one count of third-degree burglary, and Sawyer is being charged with two counts of second-degree burglary and one of third-degree burglary.
The investigation is continuing, and additional charges are pending after review by District Attorney Kristy Sprague.
Contact Nathan Brown at 518-891-2600 ext. 26 or firstname.lastname@example.org.