Theft of ATM card, tools leads to arrests

LAKE PLACID – A local woman arrested for stealing another person’s ATM card is one of two people facing charges for the theft of several thousand dollars worth of tools, equipment and supplies from a construction site.

Ali M. Lawrence, 25, of Lake Placid, was arrested Friday at 1:30 p.m. and charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a felony, and petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

After what police Sgt. Chuck Dobson said was an extensive investigation, Lawrence was found in possession of a stolen ATM card that she used to withdraw $500 from the victim’s account. Dobson wouldn’t say how Lawrence came into possession of the stolen card.

On Feb. 23, the police department posted on its Facebook page a pair of surveillance camera images of a person using the bank card on Feb. 10 at an unspecified ATM in Lake Placid. The suspect had apparently tried to disguise her identity by wearing a purple jacket, black gloves, a hood, face mask and ski googles.

Dobson said the Facebook post led to tips from the public that helped identify Lawrence. Even though she tried to conceal her identity, “It’s a small town,” Dobson said. “Sometimes it works to our advantage.”

Dobson said the charges Lawrence is facing stem from an ATM withdrawal in Lake Placid. She may have taken out money in other locations, including Malone, where Lake Placid police are working with both state and village police.

“The investigation is still open, and more charges could be pending for other withdrawals,” Dobson said.

Lawrence was processed and released on an appearance ticket for village court, but it wasn’t long before she was in police custody again.

“After we arrested her for the stolen ATM card and the larceny, we developed further leads into the open larceny investigation of thousands of dollars of contractor tools,” Dobson said.

Police arrested Mark A. Labombard II, 31, of Lake Placid, and Lawrence at 2 p.m. Saturday and charged them each with third-degree grand larceny, a felony. They allegedly stole roughly $3,000 worth of equipment and materials from a job site on Cimarron Trail, located off of Station Street, sometime between Feb. 19 and 21. Some of the items taken from contractors Troy DeLancett and Patrick Ledger include toolboxes, foam guns, air saws, wire, air nailers, hacksaws, decking tools and a miter saw. Most of the stolen equipment has been recovered, Dobson said.

Village police received help from state police in the investigation, Dobson said.

Both Labombard and Lawrence were processed and arraigned in village court. Labombard was remanded to the Essex County Jail in Lewis in lieu of $15,000 cash bail or $30,000 bond. Lawrence was remanded to the county lockup in lieu of $1,000 cash or $2,000 bail bond.

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