Suspected Canton ATM thief still on the lam, may be in Florida, police say
Saturday, January 12, 2013 - 8:22 am


CANTON – The search continues for one of two suspects accused of stealing an ATM loaded with $35,000 from a St. Lawrence University bookstore in November.

Canton Police Chief Victor Rycroft said Joseph C. Lugo, 24, is believed to be heading south along the East Coast and may be in Florida.

"We don't have a lot of information that is current. We have an all points bulletin out and a warrant for his arrest," he said.

Rycroft said he disappointed Lugo hasn't been apprehended yet, but expects it's only a matter of time.

"I'm a little surprised he hasn't surfaced yet, but that seems to be the case. Eventually the laws of probability are going to kick in at some point though," he said.

Rycroft said the bulletin notifies every law enforcement agency in the country that Lugo is wanted.

"It goes across the national crime and information center," he said.

Rycroft said it is unknown if Lugo is armed, but it is clear that he has an "affinity for firearms."

Rycroft said Lugo should be considered dangerous.

"Any felon on the run, under the right circumstances, can be dangerous. If he was looking to come in we would have heard from him by now," he said.

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

In November police charged Brandon Crandall, 21, with two felony counts of grand larceny and a single felony count of criminal mischief for his alleged participation in the theft

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.

Police describe the theft as brazen because the entryway to the bookstore is well lit, and there are numerous streetlights in the immediate vicinity.

Police said the machine was removed from the bookstore and carried to the parking lot on the South side of the building.

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.