3 held in snowmobile larceny caper

Sled returned after tip leads to arrests

Three local men face felony charges after they were found in possession of a snowmobile that disappeared from Hartford, police said.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office announced the arrests of Frisco S. Rousseau, 19, and Ian C. Safford, 17, of Argyle and Michael M. Dewey, 19, of Granville on Jan. 20.

Rousseau was charged with felony fourth-degree possession of stolen property while Dewey and Safford were each charged with felony fourth-degree grand larceny because a 1998 Ski-Doo MXZ was taken from the side of Shine Hill Road in Hartford. Police said the snowmobile was valued at approximately $1,800.

Deputy Donald Jett said the trio worked together to take the snowmobile from where it was chained next to the road and advertised for sale.

The trio allegedly picked the snowmobile because it had a motor that could replace the one on a snowmobile owned by Rousseau, which had stopped working. “They were looking for another motor and they found one,” Jett said.

They planned to sell the other parts of the snowmobile, he said.

Dewey dropped off Safford and Rousseau who cut the chain and lock set up and moved the snowmobile to another location to wait for pickup, police said.

Jett said a tip led police to a garage belonging to Rousseau and the snowmobile was eventually found in the woods on that property.

Tipped off to police arrival, Jett said, the group had tried to hide the partially disassembled snowmobile in the woods.

“I’m just glad we were able to get it back for the owner and make an arrest,” Jett said. Some damage was done to the snowmobile during the course of the theft and disassembly, but police said it was not clear if the result would be additional charges or restitution ordered to the victim. 

Rousseau was arraigned in front of Fort Edward Town Justice Joseph Malvuccio and sent to the Washington County Jail for lack of $2,000 cash or $5,000 bail bond.

Safford was arraigned in front of Hartford Town Justice Sharon Schofield and sent to jail for lack of $10,000 cash or $20,000 bail bond.

Jett declined to say specifically why Safford faced a considerably higher bail amount than his fellow suspects. “There is a reason for (the higher bail) but I can’t disclose that,” Jett said. Jett did say the investigation into this case was complete and it did not appear the trio were a part of any larger operation.

Dewey was issued an appearance ticket and released, police said.

Jett and Sheriff’s Deputy William Holcomb were the arresting officers in the case.

Comments

comments

Read more in this week's Sentinel in newsstands now or click here to read right now with our e-edition.

Tags: , , , , , , , , , , ,

Northshire Freepress 09/19/14

Lakes Classifieds – 09/19/14

North Country Freepress – 09/17/14

Weekender 09/19/14

Classifieds 09/17/14

Railroaders trounce Bombers

Morse breaks a tackle 2

By Dan King Whitehall football defeated Section IX’s Pine Plains by a score of 54-6, sparked by 48 first half […]

Soccer team starts season with win

By Dan King Whitehall soccer started the season the right way, with a 2-0 shutout of the Hadley-Luzerne Eagles, last […]

Golf team moves to 4-0

Pereau and Flynn eye up putts on 13

By Dan King Whitehall golf is now 4-0 on the season, after sweeping Corinth last Tuesday and sweeping North Warren […]

Despite councilman’s objections, town approves speed changes

By Dan King Town councilman Farrell Prefountaine returned from a lengthy medical leave at last Wednesday’s board meeting and he […]

Applefest Saturday in Fair Haven

By Dan King Applefest has been conducted annually by Fair Haven School for over 25 years now and the event […]

Rec Center sees rise in unaccompanied children

“We had to fish three little girls out of the canal, no parents were home and there was nobody we […]

Officials concerned with property

By Dan King “My son was riding his bike and almost got hit by a car, because he could not […]