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Third suspect arrested for break-ins

SARANAC LAKE - An investigation into reported vehicle break-ins on Franklin Avenue last Wednesday morning has resulted in the arrest of a third suspect.

According to Saranac Lake Village Police Chief Bruce Nason, his officers arrested 19-year-old Justin K. Kelton of Lake Placid on Sept. 13 at 10 p.m.

Following last week's arrests, Saranac Lake Police launched an investigation with assistance from the Lake Placid Village Police and Ray Brook-based State Police.

The investigation revealed that Kelton, along with co-defendants 19-year-old Riaval B. LaVair and 20-year-old George W. Setzer III, allegedly went through numerous vehicles in both Saranac Lake and Lake Placid, stealing several items in the process.

Last week, Nason said dispatch received a complaint of three persons entering unsecured vehicles parked on Franklin Avenue. Police arrived at the scene in time to interfere with the criminal action.

Lavair was apprehended as he attempted to hide stolen property near a residence on Franklin Avenue. Police say Setzer tried to flee the scene, but was caught after tripping over a bush.

Kelton was arrested Sunday night and charged with one count each of petit larceny and sixth-degree conspiracy. He was processed and released on an appearance ticket to appear in Saranac Lake Village Court at a later date.

Lavair was charged with criminal possession of stolen property and sixth-degree conspiracy. Setzer faces charges of sixth-degree conspiracy, attempted larceny and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Lavair and Setzer were arraigned in court last week.

Nason says the trio may be responsible for numerous thefts that were reported in both Saranac Lake and Lake Placid. Items stolen reportedly include car stereos, iPods, GPS systems, satellite radios, computers, car chargers, money and various other unspecified items.

Anyone with information related to these crimes is asked to contact police in Saranac Lake, Lake Placid or State Police in Ray Brook.

"We're also reminding residents to lock their vehicles when left unattended," Nason said. "The overwhelming majority of thefts are from unlocked vehicles."

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