Malone men charged with Tupper burglary

TUPPER LAKE – A woman woke up to two men in her home Thanksgiving morning, villlage police said.

At 10:02 a.m., village police were called to an apartment at 84 Ivy Terrace for a report of a burglary. The tenant, Elizabeth Williams, who lives alone, told police she woke up Thursday morning and while in her living room, she heard noise coming from a spare bedroom. Upon trying to enter this room, she found the door to be locked and realized someone was in the room. After talking to a male through the door, the door opened and she found two men in the room, one known to her and the other a stranger, police said.

Police said the men told her they needed a place to stay for the night and decided to enter her home in the middle of the night to stay there, at which point she instructed them to leave. The men left without incident, and this is when she found they had consumed food and beverages that were in her apartment.

Upon investigating the incident, village police Sgt. Wesley Hoyt found Timothy C. Ropas and Kyle J. Proper, both 18 and of Malone, inside the Stewart’s Shop on Park Street. The men admitted to having in Williams’ apartment.

Ropas and Proper were both charged with burglary in the second degree, a class C felony, and petit larceny, a class A misdemeanor. Proper was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after being found in possession of it at the time of arrest.

Both subjects were in arraigned in village court in front of Judge Leonard Young. They were remanded to the Franklin County Jail in Malone in lieu of $5,000 bail or $7,000 bond, with a return date to Tupper Lake village court on Dec. 16.