Canton ATM thieves might be the ones who tried the same in Lake Placid
Friday, November 23, 2012 - 11:46 am

CANTON – The two men accused of stealing an ATM from the Brewer Book Store may have tried a similar heist in Lake Placid, according to New York State Police.

State police investigators contacted Canton Police after hearing about the crime. Troopers said the ATM theft was similar to an attempted theft that occurred in Lake Placid.

Police used footage from both incidents to identify the suspects, with additional help coming from the St. Lawrence County sheriff’s department and the SLC Drug Task Force.

Canton police charged Brandon Crandall, 21, with two counts of grand larceny and one count of criminal mischief.

Police are still looking for a second man they have identified as Joseph Lugo, 24, who is wanted for similar charges in connection with the ATM theft.

Both men are accused of stealing an ATM loaded with $35,000 from St. Lawrence University’s Brewer Bookstore Nov. 16 or 17.

Police say Lugo may be operating a motorcycle and could be armed, according to investigator Chris Flint. Police say they believe he will attempt to flee or resist if approached by law enforcement officers.

Anyone with information about Lugo’s whereabouts is asked to contact village police at 386-4561.

The ATM was found in a field behind Crandall's Sykes Road home. Police said they also found $17,500 in cash. Police believe Lugo may have another $17,000.

The 265-pound ATM loaded with $20 bills was ripped from the floor at the bookstore and the wires and cables were cut or pulled from the machine.

Employees say the machine was missing when the store opened, but it was assumed it had been removed for maintenance purposes.

The machine is the property of the North Country Savings Bank.

Crandall was arraigned in Pierrepont town court and released to the supervision of probation.