SARANAC LAKE - Village police have arrested one of three people who allegedly robbed the tenants of a Broadway apartment Monday night.
Police arrested an 18-year-old male from Saranac Lake at 10:25 p.m. Wednesday and charged him with multiple felonies, including first-degree burglary, first-degree robbery, fourth-degree conspiracy and three counts of fourth-degree grand larceny. His name is not being released because he may be eligible for youthful offender status.
Village Police Chief Bruce Nason said the teen is one of three people who allegedly barged into the apartment, assaulted the two tenants and stole $1,500 in cash, a wallet containing credit cards, electronic equipment and an undisclosed amount of marijuana. Police had said the trio brandished a handgun during the robbery, but Nason said they later determined it was a pellet gun.
Nason said the 18-year-old was identified as a suspect by the victims even though they had tried to cover their faces during the robbery.
"Apparently at one point during the incident, his face was exposed for a few seconds," Nason said. "When we executed a search warrant we recovered evidence at his apartment that supported him as being one of the suspects."
The teen had left the area but came back Wednesday night.
"He returned to the area, we had been watching locations he was known to be and we arrested him," Nason said. "We're continuing to work on identifying the other two (suspects). We have some good leads. We have received a couple of phone calls from the public, and if anybody else has something and they haven't called yet, please do."
The 18-year-old could face additional charges as the investigation continues, Nason said. He was arraigned in village court and remanded to the Franklin County Jail in Malone in lieu of $50,000 cash bail or $100,000 bond.
The robbery happened the same night as a string of downtown burglaries. Seven businesses, mostly on Main Street and Broadway, were targeted, and five were successfully broken into, typically through a back window or door. The suspects made off with unspecified amounts of cash, in some cases money that was left in cash registers overnight.
"We have leads on the burglaries," Nason said. "With the limited manpower and resources we have, our guys are doing the best we can."
Nason has said he doesn't believe the robbery is connected to the burglaries; however, he does think the burglars went to work Monday night because they knew police were busy dealing with the robbery.
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