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Three arrested in rash of East Utica burglaries

By JOLEEN FERRIS

UTICA, N.Y. (WKTV) - Utica Police say they've arrested two men and a 15-year-old they believe are responsible for a string of burglaries in east Utica over the past several months.

It all began on Friday. An officer encountered two men walking in an east utica neighborhood. The officer was familiar with the two and knew they didn't live there. Upon speaking to the men, the officer learned that they were carrying a bunch of unusual items, including DVD collections and a Yankees Rubik's Cube. An hour and a half later, Utica Police got a call for a burglary on Leeds Street in east Utica; those same items were taken. Surveillance video from a subsequent burglary on Madison Ave revealed that one of the two men pictured was Richard Walton. Police arrested Walton for 2nd degree burglary.

Officers developed the identity of a second adult suspect. That suspect, Christopher Lawson, agreed to come to UPD to be interviewed Monday morning. But about an hour after he hung up from that phone call with police, the call came in for a burglary on the Parkway in Utica. The homeowner had been robbed the night before and pretended to go into work Monday but instead, watched his house from a distance. He saw suspects trying to break into his house and called police. The adult suspect: Christopher Lawson, the man who had agreed to go to UPD for an interview an hour or so prior.

Currently, Lawson and Walton are in custody, charged with 2nd degree burglary. A third person, a 15-year-old juvenille is also charged. His name and photo are not being released. That case will be assigned to Family Court.

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