For Release: Friday, April 8, 2011
Environmental Conservation Officers Arrest Men for Stolen State Property
Following a state investigation into the theft of three outboard motors reported stolen on April 5, 2011, state Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) arrested two Clinton County men late Thursday, April 7, 2011 on charges of criminal possession of stolen property in the 5th degree.
The stolen motors were state-owned property and belonged to two Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) law enforcement boats and one DEC forest ranger boat. The motors were discovered missing from outside the storage area of the Schuyler Falls maintenance shop. All of the motors were mounted on boats.
Brian Lashway, 25, of Altona and Jason Daniels, 25, of Schuyler Falls were arraigned in the Town of Schuyler Falls Court on Thursday and remanded to the Clinton County Jail in lieu of $700.00 bail each. The men are scheduled to answer the charges in the Town of Schuyler Falls Court on April 21, 2011, and face fines of up to $1,000 and up to one year in jail.
A photo of one of the lead officers in this case, ECO Lester Taylor, with the three recovered motors can be viewed at ftp://ftp.dec.ny.gov/dpae/press/eco/p4080011.jpg .
ECOs are investigating an additional burglary at a DEC facility in Northern Franklin County. Items stolen include: Two Hummingbird depth finders, flare kits, a propeller, anchor, floating distress strobe, fire extinguisher and first aid kit. Anyone with information is urged to contact the Environmental Conservation Police at 1-877-457-5680 or 1-800-TIPP-DEC or report an environmental violation online.