MORRISTOWN – St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies are seeking information regarding two North Dakota residents whose alleged crime spree brought them to DeKalb, Morristown and Akwesasne.
Robert J. Warren Jr., 49, and Louis J. Massei, both of North Dakota, were charged with second-degree burglary and petit larceny after they allegedly stole handguns and jewelry from homes in Morristown and DeKalb.
Deputies said the pair was spotted leaving a DeKalb residence as the homeowners were returning.
Deputies said Warren was an estranged relative of the victim and was confronted by the homeowners, but the burglary was not discovered until after they had left.
The victims reported Warren and Messei had stolen jewelry from the home and left the jewerly boxes scattered on the floor.
Deputies said Warren and Messei apparently burglarized a second-home in Morristown where they allegedly stole handguns, a laptop and other items. Deputies said the Morristown victims were also beleived to be relatives of Warren.
Investigators said wires leading to the house had been cut in what, they believe, was an attempt to disable the security system.
Deputies said a teletype message was issued to various law enforcement agencies alerting of the crimes and that a state police unit heard the broadcast and located the vehicle at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino.
After some surveillance Troopers took Warren into custody without incident. Messei was arrested shortly after at the Comfort Inn near the casino.
Warren was jailed without bail. Messei was jailed on $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.
Deputies said investigators found evidence of at least one other crime committed by the pair in Wisconsin, where a wallet had been stolen from the vehicle and a credit card had been used.
Deputies are seeking any additional information the public may have regarding the stolen handguns or other criminal activity linked to the pair.
The deputies can be reached at 379-2222.