Man Charged After Being Found Hiding In Black River Bank

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A man who was found hiding inside Community Bank in Black River Tuesday morning has been charged with burglary and other crimes.

Jefferson County Sheriff's deputies arrested 31 year old Michael Lowe of Carthage.

In addition to second-degree burglary, Lowe is charged with:

- third-degree criminal mischief
- fourth-degree grand larceny
- second-degree criminal trespass
- fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property
- attempted petit larceny

According to Detective Dave Pustizzi, Lowe stole a pickup truck in the town of Champion and drove it to the bank on Route 3 in Black River.

Pustizzi said Lowe smashed a bank window to get inside.

Once inside, Lowe smashed some cameras and did other damage inside the bank while trying to get into safes and the main vault, the detective said.

Pustizzi said a bank employee arrived at work, noticed something was wrong and called police at about 8 a.m. Tuesday.

A Black River police officer and a sheriff's deputy responded to the scene and found Lowe hiding inside a closet, the detective said.

According to Pustizzi, Lowe stole no money from the bank. 

Some of the burglary was caught on video, the detective said.

Lowe was arraigned on the charges in Champion Town Court and ordered held in the county jail in lieu of $25,000 bail.

Thursday, November 20, 2014
, Watertown, NY

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