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Two face burglary charges in alleged home invasion

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CLAYTON — Two people are facing burglary charges and, state police are looking for two more suspects allegedly involved in a home invasion Tuesday night.

State police arrested Brooke E. Staniski, 20, of 845 Starbuck Ave., Watertown, and Byron L. Wyche, Riva Ridge Loop, Fort Drum, on Tuesday night on one count each of second-degree burglary after they allegedly were involved in a burglary at about 10 p.m. at 735 James St.

Ms. Staniski, Mr. Wyche and another man and woman entered the home of Jacob J. Traynor, 20, of 735 James St. and tried to coerce money from him, state police Investigator Rick A. Hathaway said Wednesday.

After arriving about 10 p.m., the two females, who posed as Mr. Traynor’s friends, purposely left the front door unlocked, allowing Mr. Wyche and another man inside, he said. Wearing ski masks, the two men “rushed into the house and tried to intimidate” Mr. Traynor into giving them money but could manage only to steal a laptop computer and cellphone from him, the investigator said.

All four then fled the scene, but Mr. Wyche and Ms. Staniski later were stopped by troopers on Route 12 when their vehicle matched a witness’s description, Investigator Hathaway said. The two others — identified as Chelsea Sheehy of Watertown and Zane Abrahamson — allegedly fled on foot and are at large.

Mr. Traynor told investigators that the four had expected to find money in the house because his father had won $1 million from a scratch-off game from the Pennsylvania lottery, Mr. Hathaway said.

The alleged victim was charged with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance and fourth-degree criminal possession of a weapon after further investigation in the home by state police. Several packets of heroin and a 410-gauge shotgun were found in the home, Mr. Hathaway said.

Ms. Staniski and Mr. Wyche were arraigned in Town Court and sent to the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building on $20,000 bail.

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