Norwood police: 2 charged in lumber thefts that ‘took some scheming’

Reid St. Ann and Erica Barcomb
Reid St. Ann and Erica Barcomb(Norwood Police Department)
Published: Aug. 19, 2022 at 12:10 PM EDT
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NORWOOD, New York (WWNY) - Two people have been arrested in connection with the theft of thousands of dollars of lumber.

Norwood police say 43-year-old Reid St. Ann and his 41-year-old girlfriend, Erica Barcomb, both of Massena, turned themselves in Friday morning.

According to police, the duo used stolen credit card numbers to buy lumber at businesses in Norwood, Gouverneur and Potsdam. Police estimate the value of the stolen lumber was more than $16,000.

In addition, other police agencies are investigating St. Ann and Barcomb in connection to thefts at lumber yards in Malone, Tupper Lake and other locations. Norwood police say the supplies stolen in Malone are valued at more than $15,000.

“This is not your typical larceny case. This took some scheming. It took some planning. The execution of the plan meant that it took some time to investigate and bring the responsible parties to justice,” Shawn Wells, officer in charge, Norwood Police Department.

The couple was charged with grand larceny and scheme to defraud, and arraigned in Potsdam town court.

Barcomb was released while St. Ann was ordered held in the St. Lawrence County Jail due to two previous felony convictions.

In June, police shared surveillance images of a red pickup truck, its license plate, and the two suspects. The images were taken in May at Merriman’s Lumber on South Main Street in Norwood

Police were unsure what the couple did with the lumber, but surmise the wood was either sold or used in a construction project.