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Helping deliver newspaper, Lyons couple help themselves to customer’s prescription drugs

Lyons Village Police have concluded an ongoing investigation into a series of house burglaries and thefts with the arrest on Monday (4/11) of two Lyons residents, Timothy L. Perkins, age 21 and Krystal L. DeBernardis, age 19, both of 6 Queen Street in the Village.

Police recovered a quantity of prescription pills, mostly controlled substances and some identifiable stolen property. Police allege that Perkins and DeBernardis assisted a relative with newspaper deliveries in several neighborhoods in the Village of Lyons. In the course of those deliveries, it is alleged, the pair identified possible locations they might enter unchallenged and steal prescription pills or readily disposable property. Police do not believe the relative with whom the suspects delivered newspapers was involved.

Perkins and DeBernardis were both charged with 2 counts of Burglary in the third degree for entering and remaining unlawfully in unoccupied homes and two counts of Petit Larceny for stealing property from those homes. DeBernardis was charged additionally with one count of Burglary in the Second degree for entering and remaining in an occupied dwelling and stealing a quantity of prescription medicine. Both were charged with criminal possession of controlled substances for the prescription drugs. Further charges are pending as police identify the recovered substances.
In addition DeBernardis is being charged with one count of Petit Larceny for the theft of a quantity of prescription medicine after gaining admission to a residence on the pretense of using the bathroom.

Perkins and DeBernardis appeared before Village Justice Nicholas Forgione and were committed to the Wayne County Jail on $5000 cash/$10,000 bond, pending further proceedings in county court.

Chief Richard Bogan of the Lyons Police Department said “ This investigation is truly a combined effort of the entire Lyons Police Department. People reporting these incidents did so at various times of the days as the crimes were discovered, therefore involving almost every Lyons Officer as an initial responder or in some type of follow up. All of the officers studied the reports, contributed information and intelligence and subsequently a pattern was established. That pattern resulted in the arrest of these individuals, closing this series of property crimes”

People who may be mysteriously missing prescription drugs, or allowed an unfamiliar paper carrier into their residence, especially in the Jackson Street, William Street or Montezuma Street neighborhoods of the Village of Lyons are encouraged to contact Lyons Police at 946-4151 during business hours or through 911 in the evening hours to report these instances to the Lyons Village Police.

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