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Walmart Shoplifter Fined, Must Pay Restitution

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MASSENA - A 35-year-old Norfolk woman found guilty of petit larceny and endangering the welfare of a child following a trial in Massena Village Court has been fined and ordered to make restitution of $344.
Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson ordered Tonya S. Reynolds of 377 Joy Road to pay restitution of $344.12 and $405 in surcharges.
Reynolds and a co-defendant, Jamie L. Perrin, 26, of Raymondville had been charged with shoplifting $580.21 from Walmart on May 20 when they were on a shopping trip with Perrin's then two-year-old child.
A store assett protection associate testified at the trial that both women had been observed picking items ranging from food to underwear, videos to make up off the shelves. The items were then placed in a large diaper bag that Perrin possessed when she walked out of the store. The associate said he had seen Reynolds place a pair of shoes in the bag during the shoplifting spree.
Walmart said they had recovered $267.37 worth of merchandise, but they said an additional $312.84 worth of merchandise had been damaged.
Perrin had her petit larceny and endangering the welfare of a child charges dismissed last fall. St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Steve Ballan had filed a motion seeking the dismissal arguing the paperwork filed with the arrest failed to appropriately identify Ms. Perrin as the person committing the alleged offense.
Ballan had argued store loss security personnel failed to identify in the supporting deposition the women they had reportedly witnessed stuffing merchandise ranging from movies to tampons and from bras to shoes into a green bag they had pulled out of a diaper bag.
Security staff said the women had removed several of the items from packaging before placing them in the bag.
In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:
* Audra M. Ash, 43, of 158 Skinnerville Road, Winthrop, pleaded guilty after prosecutors moved to have a felony count of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument reduced to a misdemeanor charge of third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. She also pleaded guilty to petit larceny.
Ash had been charged with possessing 15 forged checks stolen from Joao Salgado. Police said she presented checks on Salgado's accounts for $2,545 to banks in August and September.
Salgado told police he had written Ash a $40 check on Aug. 6 to pay her for painting at an apartment. He said the check had been altered to make it payable for $140. He also told police he had several other checks stolen from his residence.
Ash said she had worked for approximately two weeks renovating an apartment for Mr. Salgado. She noted Melissa Deshane, Bombay, had also been doing similar work.
The Winthrop woman alleged she had cashed several checks for Ms. Deshane because her friend told her she didn't have the proper identification to cash those checks.
Ms. Ash also told police she had transported Ms. Deshane from the Reagan Flats Road in Bombay to Salgado's residence on several occasions this past summer.
* Scott O. Kimble, 17, of 2285 state Route 420, Massena, pleaded guilty after a third-degree assault charge was reduced to second-degree harassment. He was fined $100 and a $125 surcharge and was placed under a one-year conditional discharge with a stipulation he perform 50 hours of community service. The court also signed a no harassment order of protection.
Kimble had been charged with hitting Nicholas R. Newtown, 17, in the back of the head, neck and shoulders several times during an incident at 7:40 a.m. Oct. 6 in a hallway at Massena Central High School. Newtown reportedly suffered a sprained neck in the incident and was treated at Massena Memorial Hospital for pain to his head, neck and shoulders.
Newtown said he was walking down the hallway when he was attacked from behind. "Scott did not say anything to me during the fight, and I have no idea why he did this," the fight victim told police.

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