Tue, Feb 5, 2013
Monday afternoon Lugo was arrested following a complaint to the Sheriff’s Office about a suspicious person loitering somewhere in the parish.
The Sheriff’s Office investigating the complaint soon determined that Lugo was wanted in New York.
Darryl LeBlanc of the Sheriff’s Office was not sure why Lugo was in the parish.
Lugo may have been in Florida as recent as last week.
Three months ago, in the early hours, Lugo, 24, and a second suspect, Brandon D. Crandall, 21, allegedly entered the bookstore vestibule at 92 Park St., wrenching the 265-pound North Country Savings Bank ATM from the floor and severing its cables before hauling the machine out the front door and driving off in a pickup truck. The electronic cash dispenser was no small haul, physically or financially: it had been loaded with $35,000 in $20 bills not long before the theft.
The first break in the case came within a matter of days.
Investigators were questioning Crandall, of 31 Main St., in an unrelated drug case when he revealed information about the bank machine heist. His arrest on Nov. 21 led police to the battered and empty ATM in a field off Sykes Road. Its front door was scorched in spots and warped from being pried open after the lock was removed.
Investigators recovered $17,600 in cash with the arrest of Mr. Crandall, as well as a pound of marijuana and miscellaneous drug paraphernalia.
Police believed Lugo had the rest of the money. They also said he may have been armed, and may have fled the area on a motorcycle.