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Lake Placid man accused of burglary spree

August 12, 2011
By CHRIS KNIGHT - Senior Staff Writer ( , Adirondack Daily Enterprise

RAY BROOK - A Lake Placid man was arrested Tuesday for allegedly burglarizing numerous homes and businesses in the Tri-Lakes area.

Richard J. Massia, 28, was charged with four counts of second-degree burglary, two counts of third-degree burglary and one count of fourth-degree grand larceny, state police said in a news release. He was arraigned before North Elba Town Justice James Rogers III and remanded to the Essex County Jail without bail.

Police say Massia was responsible for a rash of burglaries this spring and summer at homes and commercial establishments in the villages of Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, and the towns of North Elba and Wilmington. The Hungry Trout restaurant in Wilmington and the Cellar Bistro and Grille in Lake Placid were two of the businesses that were burglarized, police said.

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Authorities executed a search warrant at Massia's home and recovered several of the stolen items, which police didn't identify in the release.

The arrest was reportedly the result of an investigation conducted by state police, the Lake Placid Police Department, the Saranac Lake Police Department and the Office of Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague.

Police said law enforcement authorities in Essex County are continuing the investigation and expect to expand it to other locations in the North Country.



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