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Suspect in New York ATM theft is caught in Louisiana

Louisiana police recently picked up an interesting suspect. The man, who was from New York, told the authorities that he was on a journey before he was taken into custody for his alleged involvement in the theft of an automatic teller machine in his home state. Having been accused of a crime, the man will remain in the custody of Louisiana police until he is extradited to New York where the rest of his case can play out.

When police found the man in Abbeville, Louisiana, he was sunburnt. According to his story, he rode a motorcycle down to Florida and then walked from there to Louisiana. Estimates have suggested that the 24-year-old man may have walked as much as 300 miles if what he says is true.

This man is the second suspect in the case of the ATM heist that occurred at the Brewer Bookstore of St. Lawrence University. According to authorities, he and another man - a 21-year-old from New York, as well - hauled the automatic teller machine from the bookstore and out the front door after cutting its cables. They allegedly loaded the 265-pound machine into a pickup truck and drove away with it. Authorities noted that it had been recently loaded with $35,000 in cash before it was stolen.

When police apprehended the 21-year-old man, he was found with a pound of marijuana, drug paraphernalia and $17,600 in cash. He was taken into custody just days after the theft, which occurred in November of last year. The 24-year-old man was not apprehended until recently, making the time between his alleged crime and his arrest approximately three months.

Officers reported that he no longer had any of the cash that was taken from the ATM on his person. An official with the authorities said that he had only the Bible and the clothes on his back. He has been charged with second-degree criminal mischief and grand larceny.

Source: Watertown Daily Times, "ATM robbery suspect flat broke when apprehended," Roger Dupuis, Feb. 6, 2013

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