Tupper Lake police arrest burglary suspect

TUPPER LAKE -Village police arrested a Tupper Lake man in connection to a burglary and vehicle theft.

At 3:42 p.m. Friday, Joshua A. LaFlair, 26, of Tupper Lake, was arrested for third-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal mischief and petit larceny.

Police responded to a burglar alarm at Ray’s Liquor Store at approximately 2:50 a.m. Thursday. The responding officers found evidence of forced entry to the liquor store, Tupper Lake Police Chief Eric Proulx said in a press release. After securing the building, officers notified the owner, who responded and reported several bottles of liquor had been stolen from the store.

At about 8 a.m. the same morning, a vehicle was reported stolen from a McCarthy Street residence. Police said they found the vehicle a short time later in a parking lot in the village. Several items from inside the vehicle were missing.

At about 2:45 p.m. Friday, officer Matthew Dana, who was off duty at the time, observed LaFlair on Main Street. He fit the description of a suspect involved in the burglary, so Dana followed him from a distance and called for backup after LaFlair entered a private residence on Lafayette Street.

Police said consent to search the residence was obtained, and officers uncovered several items from the burglary and the vehicle larceny.

LaFlair was charged, arraigned in village court in front of Justice Leonard Young and remanded to the Franklin County Jail in lieu of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond. Additional charges are pending against LaFlair, and the two investigations are ongoing.

“I would like to commend all the officers who worked on these investigations and bringing them to a successful conclusion in such as short period of time, especially officer Dana for taking the time while off duty to be observant and locating the suspect who committed these crimes against the people of Tupper Lake,” Proulx said in the press release.