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Madison County Sheriff’s Office arrests Flo’s Diner burglary suspect

TOWN OF LENOX, N.Y. (WSYR-TV) — The Madison County Sheriff’s Office has arrested the suspect involved in the January Flo’s Diner Burglary in the Town of Lenox.

57-year-old David R. Degrasse of West Warwick, RI, was arrested on Monday, Feb. 5 by the Madison County Sheriff’s Office through assistance from the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) for allegedly stealing money from Flo’s Diner’s ATM.

According to the Sheriff’s Office, Degrasse had allegedly broken into the diner on Jan. 11 around 6:45 a.m. and cut open the ATM, stealing the contents inside.

Through police investigation, several images of Degrasse were located from surrounding buildings and a description of the burglary was subsequently shared with law enforcement partners to try and identify Degrasse.

Through a partnership with the FBI at the beginning of February, Degrasse’s identity was found and matched the description of the person they were looking for. According to the FBI, Degrasse was wanted for similar crimes across several states.

Degrasse was arrested and charged with the following crimes:

  • Burglary in the 3rd degree (Class D Felony)
  • Grand Larceny in the 3rd degree – 2 counts (Class D Felony)
  • Criminal Mischief in the 2nd degree (Class D Felony)
  • Criminal Trespass in the 3rd degree (Class B Misdemeanor)
  • Possession of Burglar Tools (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Criminal Tampering in the 2nd degree (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Petit Larceny (Class A Misdemeanor)
  • Criminal Mischief in the 4th degree – (Class A Misdemeanor).

Following his arrest, Degrasse was arraigned in the Town of Lenox Court and released to the custody of the Putnam County Jail, where he was being held on unrelated charges.

The Madison County Sheriff’s Office was not only assisted by the Federal Bureau of Investigations Safe Streets Task Force but New York State Police Special Investigations Unit in this investigation.

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