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DEC: Clinton County men stole state property

Two men from Clinton County were taken into custody late last week for allegedly stealing property from the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Environmental conservation officers arrested 25-year-old Brian Lashway of Altona and 25-year-old Jason Daniels of Schuyler Falls on Thursday.

According to a release issued by DEC spokeswoman Lori Severino, both men were charged with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class-A misdemeanor.

The arrests come on the heels of an investigation into the theft of three outboard motors from outside of the storage area at the DEC's Schuyler Falls maintenance shop earlier this month. The motors are owned by the state and belong to a pair of DEC law enforcement boats and one DEC forest ranger boat.

Officials say the motors had been mounted on the boats when they were stolen.

Lashway and Daniels were arraigned in Schuyler Falls Town Court last week and remanded to Clinton County Jail in lieu of $700 cash bail. They're scheduled to reappear on April 21. If convicted, the men face fines of up to $1,000 and possible jail time.

Meanwhile, environmental conservation officers are investigating a burglary at a DEC facility in northern Franklin County.

Officials say numerous items were stolen, including: two Hummingbird depth finders; flare kits; a propeller; an anchor; a floating distress probe; a fire extinguisher; and a first aid kit.

Anyone with information pertaining to the thefts should contact environmental conservation police at 1-877-457-5680.

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