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ATM theft suspect pleads not guilty in St. Lawrence County Court

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CANTON — One of the suspects in a Nov. 17 ATM heist at St. Lawrence University’s Brewer Bookstore pleaded not guilty during formal arraignment Tuesday in St. Lawrence County Court.

Brandon D. Crandall, 21, Canton, made a brief appearance before Judge Jerome J. Richards accompanied by defense attorney Charles B. Nash.

Mr. Crandall and another man, Joseph C. Lugo, 24, DeKalb, were indicted last month, and both face charges of third-degree grand larceny and tampering with physical evidence.

According to police, the automated teller machine contained $35,380 when the two stole it from the bookstore’s vestibule. They then tried to destroy the machine and dumped its charred and battered remains in a town of Canton field, police said.

Mr. Crandall was arrested shortly after the incident. Mr. Lugo was arrested in February in Louisiana and is fighting extradition.

In other court action Tuesday, a St. Lawrence County grand jury handed up driving while intoxicated charges in two unrelated cases.

Brent G. Carbino, 32, of 166 Tucker Road, Colton, was indicted on one count of aggravated DWI and two counts of DWI. Police said Mr. Carbino had a blood alcohol content of 0.22 percent while driving a 2008 Subaru on Dec. 11 on Tucker Road in the town of Pierrepont. A BAC of 0.08 percent or more is considered proof of intoxication under state law. Aggravated DWI is charged when the BAC is 0.18 percent or more.

Mr. Carbino previously was convicted of DWI in September 2008 in Ogdensburg, prosecutors said.

Thomas R. Logan, 57, of 7653 Tiernan Ridge Road, Waddington, was indicted on two counts of DWI. Police said Mr. Logan had a BAC of 0.17 percent while operating a 2005 Chevrolet in the town of Potsdam on Dec. 8.

Mr. Logan previously was convicted of DWI in November 2011 in the town of Norfolk, prosecutors said.

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