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Potsdam men face additional felony charges for setting fire to stolen BMW


POTSDAM - Two Potsdam men jailed Thursday for taking a BMW from a Main Street parking lot are now facing additional felony charges stemming from a July 25 incident involving that vehicle.

St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department deputies charged Kyle J. Neuroth, 23, of Pine Street, Potsdam, and Anthony P. Culver, 20, of 605 Raquette Rd., Potsdam, with multiple felony charges Friday evening following an investigation into an incident which occurred in the early morning hours of July 25on the River Road in the town of Potsdam.

Neuroth and Culver were charged with third-degree arson, second-degree criminal mischief and fifth-degree conspiracy. Deputies said the two men allegedly set fire to a 1988 BMW 3251 owned by a third party that caused extensive damage to the vehicle.

Both men were arraigned in Potsdam Town Court.

Neuroth was remanded back to the St. LawrenceCounty Correctional Facility with bail set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond on the new charges. Culver was sent back to the jail with bailset at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond on the additional counts.

More charges are pending, deputies said.

Potsdam Village Police had charged Culver and Neurothwith third-degree grand larceny and fifth-degree conspiracy Thursday. Neuroth was additionally charged with third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle and ticketed for failure to turn as required.

Culver was arraigned in Potsdam Village Court on those charges and sent to St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at$15,000 cash or $30,000bond.

Neuroth was arrested at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, where he was being held on other charges. Neuroth has held been at the county jail since Monday when he was picked up on a county court warrant for a violation of probation.

Village police said the charges stemmed from an incident on the morning of July 25 when they were requested to assist the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department with their response to a one-vehicle incident on River Road in the town of Potsdam.

Village police said the River Road investigation revealed the vehicle, a white 1988 BMW two-door sedan, had been taken from the parking area to the rear of 15 Market St. without the owner’s consent shortly after 4 a.m. that morning. Statements revealed Neuroth was operating the vehicle when it left the parking area by way of Raymond Street and continued north on to Market Street in violation of the signs requiring vehicles to turn south, according to police.

A state Department of Motor Vehicles inquiry revealed Neuroth’s driving privileges had previously been suspended on Feb. 14, 2012 for failure to pay driver responsibility assessment and on Nov. 16, 2011 for driving while ability impaired by alcohol.

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