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Second man charged in string of Craigslist robberies

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LACONA — A Connecticut teen was charged in connection with three strong-arm robberies that took place in the village between Oct. 26 and Nov. 16.

Ethan A. Abbott, 16, was arrested Thursday and charged with three counts of second-degree robbery. Another teen, Jonathon L. Seabrook, 19, Syracuse, was arrested Tuesday and charged with the same offenses.

The two arrests bring an investigation by state police and seven other law enforcement agencies in New York and Connecticut to a close.

The two are accused of posting bogus Craigslist postings pretending to be a woman and luring the victims to a location in the village. According to state police, the victims, believing they were meeting the woman, would appear at the location, where they allegedly were assaulted and robbed.

State police confirmed that at least one of the attacks occurred at 11 Maple Ave., owned by Duane P. and Amy L. Clark. According to state police, Mr. Abbott was living in an apartment at that location at the time of the robberies.

The Maple Avenue location was the site of the alleged Nov. 16 robbery. On that day, both Mr. Seabrook and Mr. Abbott are accused of arranging a rendezvous with William Petrie, 46, Fulton, and subsequently robbing and injuring him, so he required medical treatment.

On Oct. 26, the two allegedly pulled off a similar scheme, but instead of Mr. Abbott’s apartment, the robbery reportedly occurred on the Exit 37 southbound off-ramp of Interstate 81. There, police said, the two robbed Larry Webber, 53, Liverpool. According to police, Mr. Webber was injured during the attack and required medical treatment at Samaritan Medical Center, Watertown.

Mr. Abbott was arrested by Hartford, Conn., police and will be extradited to Oswego County to be arraigned.

There was a reportedly a third incident Nov. 6, but police did not have any details.

In each instance, money and personal property were stolen from the victims. State police said Mr. Seabrook took an iPad, sterling silver, a cellphone, $460 cash and $150 worth of jewelry over the course of the three alleged robberies.

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