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Family that shoplifts together will be sentenced together


MASSENA - A Massena woman, her 23-year-old son and his girlfriend each pleaded guilty to reduced counts of attempted petit larceny following appearances in Massena Village Court.

Marilyn J. Lavalley, 52, of 18 Perkins Road, Massena; Robert Lavalley Jr., 23, of 124 Andrews St., Apt. 2, Massena, and Amber Gardner, 19, also of 124 Andrews St., Apt. 2, Massena, were each charged with petit larceny at 2:29 p.m. April 29 following an incident at Rite Aid. Mr. Lavalley and Gardner were additionally charged with endangering the welfare of a child. They were released on appearance tickets for village court.

Mrs. Lavalley reportedly shoplifted $42.25 worth of makeup from the store, while Mr. Lavalley and Gardner shoplifted DVDs and a four bags of Combos from Rite Aid. That merchandise was valued at $30.43. Mr. Lavalley and Gardner reportedly had their infant daughter with them during the shoplifting incident.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson directed the probation department to conduct pre-sentence investigations for the trio and scheduled sentencings for July 24.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Bobbi S. Lafountain, 25, of 193 Center St., Apt. 8, Massena, pleaded guilty to one count of petit larceny in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied two petit larceny charges. She had been charged with stealing various grocery items, including bacon, sausage and beef tenderloin from Walmart on March 1. The shoplifted groceries were valued at $81.16.

The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for July 17.

■ Michael J. Bero, 52, of 12 Grassmere Ave., Massena, pleaded guilty to petit larceny. He admitted he had stolen a package of hair color, valued at $7.99, from Price Chopper on May 6.

The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for July 17.

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