On Aug. 9, the New York State Police in Ray Brook arrested Richard J. Massia, age 28, of Lake Placid, New York for four counts of Burglary 2nd degree, two counts of Burglary 3rd degree, and one count of Grand Larceny 4th degree. These arrests were the result of an investigation conducted by the New York State Police, the Lake Placid Police Department, the Saranac Lake Police Department, and the Office of Essex County District Attorney Kristy Sprague.
The investigation has been ongoing throughout the spring and summer of this year. Massia was arrested for thefts to multiple residences and commercial establishments located in the villages of Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, as well as the towns of North Elba and Wilmington; including the Hungry Trout Restaurant and the Cellar Bistro and Grille. A search warrant was executed at the residence of Massia which resulted in the recovery of several stolen items.
Massia was arraigned before North Elba Town Justice James Rogers who remanded Massia to the Essex County Jail without bail.
The investigation by law enforcement agencies within Essex County is continuing and is expected to expand into other locations in northern New York.