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North Dakota duo arrested in Akwesasne for burglaries from DeKalb to Wisconsin

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By W.T. ECKERT

CANTON — The arrests of two North Dakota residents Sunday night after an alleged burglary in DeKalb led to the discovery of stolen property from additional thefts in this area and in Wisconsin.

St. Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies charged Robert J. Warren Jr., 49, and Louise J. “Lisa” Massei, 52, with second-degree burglary and petit larceny.

Police said the duo were found leaving a residence in the town of DeKalb as the homeowners were returning. According to sheriff’s deputies, Mr. Warren is an estranged relative of the homeowner and learned of the address through a neighboring family.

“The two were confronted, but the burglary was not discovered until after Warren and Massei left the residence and the homeowners went into the house to find empty jewelry boxes on the floor,” deputies said in a news release.

According to police, the two then moved from the DeKalb residence and burglarized another family member’s home in Morristown, where handguns and other property, including a laptop computer, later were found to be missing.

Police agencies were given a description of the suspects’ vehicle with the warning that they were possibly armed and considered dangerous.

State police located the vehicle at the Akwesasne Mohawk Casino and took Warren into custody without incident as he approached the vehicle at 9:10 p.m. Sunday. Massei was found about 20 minutes later at the next-door Comfort Inn, where she also was arrested.

Sheriff’s investigators said that further investigation uncovered stolen property not only from the two reported burglaries in St. Lawrence County, but from one other crime committed in Wisconsin, where a wallet was stolen from a vehicle and a credit card was used.

Warren and Massei were both arraigned by Oswegatchie Town Justice Michael Hebert. Mr. Warren was sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility without bail, and Ms. Massei was held with bail set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

Sheriff’s investigators said there is an ongoing investigation involving law enforcement officials from New York to North Dakota.

Anyone with information about the reported stolen handguns or other criminal activity linked to the North Dakota couple is asked to call the sheriff’s office at 315-379-2222.

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