Feb 5, 2013 3:08 PM by Tonya LaCoste
A man wanted in upstate New York for allegedly stealing an ATM was caught in Vermilion Parish. The Vermilion Parish Sheriff's Office arrested Joseph Charles Lugo, 24, after receiving a phone call about him acting suspicious at a business in the parish, according to Vermilion Parish Sheriff Mike Couvillon. Deputies said they found Lugo sitting in an SUV in the parking lot. "Upon interviewing Lugo, he stated that he was in fact from upstate New York and was on a journey, first traveling to Florida on his motorcycle and then walking along the interstate with no particular destiny," Couvillon said.
According to "Watertown Daily Times," a newspaper in upstate New York, Lugo and another suspect stole the 265-pound ATM from a vestibule outside the Brewer Bookstore at St. Lawrence University.
The machine had $35,000 in $20 bills, and $17,600 was recovered when police arrested the first suspect. Lugo, of DeKalb Junction, New York, was arrested on two warrants for 2nd Degree Criminal Mischief and Grand Larceny. He's in the Vermilion Parish Correctional Center awaiting extradition.