LAKE PLACID - Police say three runaways from Mountain Lake Academy planned to ride stolen bicycles to Schenectady, but first they had to stop for a frosting fix.
State Trooper Bruce Coffin said the boys - aged 14, 15 and 17 - were reported as runaways from Mountain Lake Academy, a school for troubled youth on River Road, around midday Monday. They allegedly stole bicycles from locations in the village of Lake Placid and rode them to Keene.
Coffin said the two younger boys broke into the food pantry behind the Keene Public Library and stole two containers of frosting. Then they stopped to ask directions at a nearby convenience store.
"They were trying to go to Schenectady, where one of them is from," Coffin said. "They talked to an employee at Stewart's Shop who said, 'You can't ride your bikes on the interstate.' That was there ultimate plan: to ride to Schenectady."
The teens were arrested at 1:50 p.m. in the town of Keene following a brief search. Coffin said it took police a little while to find the kids because they hid in the woods every time a patrol vehicle went by.
Ray Brook-based state police charged the 14-year-old, the 15-year-old and the 17-year-old with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property, a class A misdemeanor. The 14- and 15-year-olds were also charged with third-degree burglary, a class D felony.
Their names have been withheld due to potential juvenile and youthful offender status. Police listed the 14-year-old's hometown as Massena and the others' as Lake Placid.
The teens are now back at Mountain Lake Academy, according to police. The younger ones are scheduled to appear in Essex County Family Court at a later date. The 17-year-old is scheduled to appear in Keene town court at 7 p.m. Monday.
Coffin said the bikes haven't been reported stolen. Police said if someone is missing a bike to call them in Ray Brook at 518-897-2000.
"We have the bikes," he said. "The kids weren't sure exactly where they took them from."
Contact Chris Morris at 891-2600 ext. 25 or firstname.lastname@example.org.