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Four Gouverneur men accused of July burglaries

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GOUVERNEUR — Four Gouverneur men were arrested by state police earlier this month in connection with a string of burglaries allegedly committed in July.

n Craig M. Murdie, 21, of 23 Emeryville Road, was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and fourth-degree grand larceny, all felonies.

n Justin L. Chalupa, 22, of 91 E. Main St., was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary and one count of fourth-degree grand larceny, all felony charges.

n Tyler W. Wells, 21, of 18 Johnstown St., was charged with two counts of third-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny, all felonies.

n Ashley D. Fifield, 27, of 64 W. Wall St., was charged with felony fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.

All were arrested Aug. 1.

Officers responded to an original complaint July 30, when the owner of a garage at 22 Bressett Road, Gouverneur, reported that an air conditioner and two large spools of wire were missing.

The garage owner’s name was not released by state police. The incident resulted in third-degree burglary charges for Mr. Wells, Mr. Murdie and Mr. Chalupa.

After investigating a separate burglary into an abandoned house on County Route 22 in the town of Fowler, officers charged Mr. Wells, Mr. Murdie and Mr. Chalupa with their second counts of third-degree burglary.

This burglary happened sometime in mid-July, troopers said, but further details about the incident were unavailable.

During the investigation, it was discovered that Mr. Murdie and Mr. Fifield were allegedly in possession of scrap metal stolen from the town of Philadelphia, leading to their charges of criminal possession of stolen property.

Mr. Wells reportedly admitted to stealing copper from a National Grid power station in Fowler, leading to the grand larceny charges for him, Mr. Chalupa and Mr. Murdie, troopers said.

All four men were listed as being held in St. Lawrence County jail, Canton.

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