Neighbors call police to stop burglary

TUPPER LAKE – A burglary attempt was thwarted Wednesday night when neighbors called police.

Village police arrested Andrew P. Demars, 25, of Tupper Lake, at 10:02 p.m. They said Demars tried to break into the side door of Louie Maroun’s store at 22 Main St. with a pry bar and damaged the door. Neighbors heard it and reported the incident.

Police charged Demars with attempted burglary in the second degree, a class D felony, and possession of burglar tools and criminal mischief in the fourth degree, both class A misdemeanors.

Police said Matthew A. Beeman, 25, of Tupper Lake, was Demars’ getaway driver, and police officer Troy Griffin had to pursue him a few blocks when he failed to pull over. Police charged Beeman with conspiracy in the fourth degree, a class E felony, failure to keep right, two charges of improper turn without signal, failure to comply with a lawful order and uninspected motor vehicle.

Demars was remanded to Franklin County Jail in Malone, and bail was set at $10,000. Beeman posted $2,000 bail and was scheduled to appear in village court June 17.