On July 5, 2020, the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office began an investigation into three separate but likely related burglary complaints in the western portion of Montgomery County, specifically in the Town of Root and the Town of St. Johnsville.
During the course of the investigation, it was learned that there were also burglaries of a similar nature that had occurred in neighboring Herkimer County.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office along with the New York State Police Troop G and New York State Police Troop D Bureau of Criminal Investigations Unit followed up on several leads and because of that and with the assistance of the public through tips, John J. Lemche was named as a suspect.
On July 9, 2020, Lemche was located and subsequently arrested for committing the burglaries at Parkside Drive-In and Lombardo’s Pizzeria Plus in the Town of St. Johnsville and for the attempted burglary at the Ayres Memorial Animal Shelter in the Town of Root.
Lemche was processed and arraigned. Following arraignment, he was then turned over to the Herkimer County Correctional Facility where he is now being held on a New York State Parole violation. Lemche is scheduled to re-appear in the Town of St. Johnsville and Town of Root Court at a later date.
The Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office would like to thank the New York State Police Troop G for their assistance during the initial investigation, the New York State Police Troop D Bureau of Criminal Investigations Unit in their assistance with the investigation as it progressed into locating Lemche, the St. Johnsville Police, the Fort Plain Police, the Canajoharie Police and Montgomery County District Attorney Kelli McCoski for her guidance throughout this investigation. We would also like to thank the public for their assistance and providing tips almost immediately after the incident was reported and throughout. This type of community partnership and diligent work is what builds safer and stronger communities and is immeasurable. This case has now been turned over to the Montgomery County District Attorney’s Office.