Police: Saranac Lake man stole from businesses

SARANAC LAKE – Village police have charged a local man with lying about his identify to receive services from local businesses.

Nathan J. Desharnais, 27, of Saranac Lake, was arrested at 4:45 p.m. Thursday and charged with a felony count of falsifying business records and three misdemeanors: criminal impersonation, petit larceny and violation of probation.

The arrest was the result of a joint investigation by village police and state police.

Village police said in a statement that Desharnais used someone else’s name to receive services at two different business. He allegedly filled out business forms with false information to obtain the services and avoid paying for them.

Police didn’t provide any more specific information on what services and businesses were involved in the alleged crime. A department spokesman referred the Enterprise to Sgt. Geoff Carmichael, who hadn’t returned a message as of press time.

A violation of probation warrant had also been issued recently for Desharnais. The probation was for a previous unrelated misdemeanor conviction from the town of Tupper Lake.

He was processed, arraigned in village court and remanded to Franklin County Jail in lieu of bail.