Tupper Lake mattress heist put to bed

TUPPER LAKE – Village police can rest easy after solving a case of stolen mattresses.

Three people were arrested Thursday for stealing donated mattresses from Family Champions, a local charity organization that operates out of the former OWD factory on Demars Boulevard.

Police Chief Eric Proulx said the heist took place sometime on the night of July 17 and was reported the next day. He said the slumber-seeking suspects entered the building while it was closed using an unlocked door and stole eight or nine mattresses that were stored there.

After an investigation, police arrested Derek Kennedy, 39, of Tupper Lake, at 1:30 p.m. Thursday on warrants issued by village court. He was charged with third-degree burglary, a felony, and petit larceny, a misdemeanor.

Two other suspects were issued criminal summons for petit larceny: Rebecca Sabin and William Gilson, both 34 and both Tupper Lake residents. Proulx said Sabin and Gilson were charged with larceny only because Kennedy led them to believe it was OK to take the mattresses.

“They didn’t have permission to do it,” Proulx said.

Asked if the mattresses were recovered, Proulx said Family Champions allowed the suspects to keep them “because they actually needed them.”

Kennedy was arraigned and remanded to the Franklin County Jail in Malone in lieu of $7,500 cash bail or $15,000 bond.

Sabin and Gilson are scheduled to appear in village court at a later date.