POTSDAM – A Morley woman, her boyfriend and a minor from Hermon were charged Thursday after one of them allegedly broke into a Pierrepont home and stole a dog.
One was also charged with threatening the dog’s owner with physical harm via text message.
Larissa M. Carlin, age 21, Jones Road, Morley, has been charged with second-degree burglary by state police.
Carlin allegedly entered a residence on the Glenmeal Road in the town of Pierrepont by opening and climbing through an unlocked window.
While inside, Carlin removed the family dog from his kennel and then took the dog to a residence in Potsdam, according to police. Carlin and the dog were located on Main Street, at the North Country Savings Bank branch there.
Carlin was taken into custody and the dog was returned to its owner.
Carlin was arraigned before Town of Pierrepont Justice Robert Camp and was released on her own recognizance and is to re-appear in court there on April 18.
During the course of the burglary investigation, troopers said they learned that Carlin’s boyfriend, Keith J. McCauley, 25, Jones Road, Morley, had possession of the dog with Carlin for several hours in Potsdam, resulting in a charge of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.
It was also charged that McCauley threatened the owner of the dog with physical injury in connection with the incident. The owner of the dog was at the Canton state police station when McCauley’s text messages were received. That led to a second-degree coercion charge against McCauley.
McCauley is due in Village of Potsdam Court on April 11 on the stolen property charge.
He was arraigned before Village of Canton Justice Gregory Storie on the coercion charge and was released to re-appear in Canton court on May 8.
An unnamed 15-year-old boy from Hermon has also been charged in the case with second-degree burglary, second-degree coercion, and fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.