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North Lawrence man charged with stealing booze from The Jug

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NORTH LAWRENCE — A North Lawrence man accused of stealing liquor from a town of Lawrence bar was arrested Thursday by Winthrop-based state police.

Brandon K.J. Miller, 20, of 57 Church St., was charged with felony third-degree burglary.

Mr. Miller allegedly entered the Jug Bar, 1970 Route 11C, North Lawrence, at 2:45 a.m. Sunday and stole five bottles of liquor.

He was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and released under the supervision of the probation department pending a Sept. 23 appearance in Lawrence Town Court before Judge James McCuin.

Miller, in the statement he provided to troopers, said he had been at his friend’s father’s house near The Jug for several hours before stealing the liquor.

“We hung out for several hours and ended up running out of booze so I went over to The Jug to see if they were still open. It was about 2:30 or 3 a.m.,” he said.

He claimed the front door was open when he arrived at the bar. “I assumed someone was there because the door was ajar. As soon as I stepped in the bar, the alarm started going off. I ran behind the bar and grabbed a few bottles of liquor,” he noted in his statement to police.

Miller told troopers when he returned with the stolen liquor his host decided to go to back. He said he and another friend then went out back of his house on Church Street, which is located behind the bar, and had a fire.

He said he threw the empty bottles over the guard rails into the river near the caution light in North Lawrence, only bringing a half full bottle of Jim Beam back to his residence.

Gary C. Sirles, owner of The Jug, said he had received a phone call from his alarm company at 2:58 a.m., and he went back to his establishment and found no issues and everything locked up as it should be.

He said he received a second call from the alarm company at 3:17 a.m. and when he went back to the bar the front door was locked but a side door was unsecured. He said he reset the alarm and went back home.

But he said when he and his wife went back to the bar the next morning to clean up his wife noticed almost immediately bottles of Jim Beam, LTD, Jim Beam Stag, Bacardi and Bellows Vodka, along with their speed pourers, were missing.

He said he then checked the side door and discovered scratch marks on the inside the bar near the latch. He said there had been no marks on the door the previous day.

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