A local woman's alleged burglaries have now brought down criminal charges on the heads of her parents and son.
State police announced Wednesday that on On Friday, Jan. 17, they arrested three members of the Lawrence family who they said knew their daughter/mother had stashed stolen goods on their property: Leander Lawrence, 70, his wife Sharon, 61, and their grandson Sean Michael, 20. Police charged each with one count of fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, an A misdemeanor.
The Lawrences live outside the village of Lake Placid in the town of North Elba. There police recovered items they say had been stolen from three businesses in and around Lake Placid: the gift shop at the Olympic Jumping Complex, South Meadow Farm Maple Sugarworks and Personal Expressions Spa and Tanning Salon.
(Photo — New York State Police)
Police say the items had been stolen in September by Leander and Sharon Lawrence's daughter Tara Reynolds, 34, and her 22-year-old boyfriend Brandon Duby. Reynolds is Sean Michael Lawrence's mother, police said.
"Tara and Brandon took a lot of the proceeds to the Lawrences' residence there," state police spokeswoman Jennifer Fleishman told the Enterprise. She said the Lawrences "allowed our investigators to conduct a search of their residence" and admitted to them that they knew the items had been stolen.
Reynolds and Duby lived in Peru, N.Y. at the time, but since September they've been residents of the Clinton County Jail in Plattsburgh, charged with multiple felony counts of burglary.
State police said in November that Reynolds and Duby broke into the gift shop at the Olympic Jumping Complex on Sept. 15 and stole ski goggles, hats, gloves, sweatpants, sweaters and other merchandise.
That same day, police said, the pair burglarized South Meadow Farm on state Route 73, stealing three bottles of maple syrup and $97 in cash. That alleged break-in wasn't reported to police until Sept. 21.
A day later on Sept. 16, police say Reynolds and Duby broke into Personal Expressions Salon in the Price Chopper plaza and took tanning lotions, shampoos and jewelry.
The burglaries went unsolved until Reynolds and Duby were arrested Sept. 20 while allegedly trying to break into an unoccupied home on Plank Road in Ellenburg.
"Through interview and investigation it was determined that they had committed multiple burglaries throughout Essex County, Clinton County and part of Franklin County," Fleishman said in November.
On Friday, Leander, Sharon and Sean Michael Lawrence were issued tickets to appear in North Elba town court.
(Editor's note: This article has been corrected to reflect that Sean Michael Lawrence is Tara Reynolds son, not her brother, and Leander and Sharon Lawrence's grandson, not their son. The original, incorrect information was given Wednesday by state police, and they corrected it Thursday morning.)