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Massena man jailed for stealing truck

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MASSENA - A 30-year-old Massena man was jailed Wednesday morning on $10,000 cash bail after he reportedly stole a 2001 Ford Excursion from a driveway on Lombardo Avenue late Tuesday night or early Wednesday morning.

Village police charged William M. Servin of 129 Bishop Ave., Massena, with one felony count of third-degree grand larceny, a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief, five counts of trespassing and four counts of petit larceny.

He was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow Wednesday morning and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

Police said Servin had been car shopping - looking to steal items from unlocked vehicles - when he reportedly found keys in a vehicle owned by Frank Hillenbrand. He also reportedly stole approximately $30 worth of change from the vehicle. Police said the 2001 sports utility vehicle suffered more than $250 damage as a result of the incident.

He also allegedly took approximately $5 of loose change and a Belkin FM receiver out of a vehicle at 68 Chase St. owned by Elizabeth Perry at 2:48 a.m. Wednesday.

Servin also allegedly stole 11 Busch Light beers, a red cooler and five bags of chips from a vehicle at 20 Chase St. owned by Patrick Sedlock; and a Magellan GPS unit, a Nintendo 64 game unit with three comptrollers and 12 games from Charle Ayotte’s vehicle at 80 Chase St.

The Ford Excursion was recovered in Sedlock’s driveway on Chase Street. “I was woekn up by the police around 4:30 a.m. Thedre was a black Ford Excursion in my driveway, which was not there when I went to bed. I do not know whose it is,” Mr. Sedlock noted in his statement to police.

A Chase Street resident told police he was woekn up by his dog barking at approximately 2:40 a.m. He said he looked out his front window and then stepped onto his porch and saw a man walking out from between a couple of houses down the street.

“It was Liz Perry’s driveway. He was staggering down the road. He had a bunch of items in his hands carrying them,” the witness said, noting he called police and then started following the man to see where he was going.

Servin was picked up by village police a short time later.

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