Two arrested following burglary at Massena martial arts school, one suspect found hiding in closet
MASSENA -- State police have arrested two people following the investigation of a burglary at the American Killer Bees Muay Thai College.
Jason S. Smith, 39, of Massena, was charged on Feb. 4 with fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property.Elizabeth K. Wickwire, 29, of Norfolk, was charged with second-degree obstruction of governmental administration.
The burglary occurred Jan. 24, at the American Killer Bees Muay Thai College, located in the St. Lawrence Centre Mall in Massena, troopers said.
While investigators were interviewing a subject at Smith’s address in the village of Massena, items from the burglary were located, according to police.
Stolen items recovered included a large collection of mixed martial arts training equipment, police said.
Wickwire, a “known associate” of Smith's, was interviewed about Smith’s whereabouts at a residence in the village of Massena, said police.
When she was asked if Smith was inside the residence, she denied his presence there. However, the homeowner gave troopers consent to enter and Smith was located inside the residence, hiding in a closet, troopers said.
Wickwire was arrested and released on an appearance ticket, returnable in Massena Village Court, troopers said.
Smith was arraigned in Stockholm town court and remanded to St. Lawrence County Jail with no bail due to him having several prior felony convictions, according to troopers.
He will reappear in Massena village court at a later date.