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Waddington man returned to jail after court appearance on stolen credit card count

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MASSENA - A Waddington man charged with stealing a credit card from the Massena Memorial Hospital men’s locker room while his wife in the operating room having an emergency C-section was returned to the county jail with bail continued at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson sent Floyd H. Smith Jr., 24, of 555 Irish Settlement Road, Waddington, back to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility. He is scheduled to return to Massena court on Friday for a preliminary hearing.

Probation officials recommended Smith be held in custody. He has two counts of petit larceny and two counts of fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property charges pending from a Feb. 17 arrest in the town of Bombay, a making a false written statement count pending from a a Feb. 7 arrest in the town of Massena and a fourth-degree grand larceny charge pending from a Nov. 30 arrest in the town of Waddington.

Village police had charged Smith with six felony counts of first-degree forgery, seven counts of petit larceny, three counts of attempted petit larceny fourth-degree grand larceny and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property at 9:56 p.m. May 20.

Smith is charged with stealing a Discover credit from hospital employee Paul E, Auger’s wallet while in the men’s locker room at Massena Memorial Hospital at approximately 3 a.m. May 14.

Mr. Auger, in the statement he provided police, said he had been called into work for an emergency C-section at 3 a.m. May 14 and had gone into the locker room to change into his scrubs.

He noted hospital staff had brought the father into the locker room sometime after 3 a.m. that morning so he could join the baby’s mother in the operating room. He said he discovered his wallet missing when he returned to the locker room and pointed out his Discover card had been used at 5:01 a.m. that day when he was still working in the emergency room.

Smith is charged with forging Mr. Auger’s name on checks he cashed for $34.40 at 5:01 a.m. May 14 at Sunoco, $61.74 at 7:55 a.m. May 14 at Walmart, $65.11 at 8 a.m. May 14 at Walmart, $2.01 at 1:26 p.m. May 14 at Walmart, $20.04 at 10:59 a.m. May 15 at Sunoco, $41.74 at 11:10 a.m. May 15 at Walmart and $91.41 at 11:14 a.m. May 15 at Walmart.

He is also charged with attempting to use the credit card for a $62.01 purchase at 1:25 p.m. May 16 at Walmart, a $102.50 purchase at 7:49 a.m. May 14 at Sunoco and a $19.02 purchase at 8:45 p.m. May 15 at Walmart.

The February charges were connected to an incident in early when Smith reportedly used Faye S. Donnelly’s debit card to make three unauthorized transactions on Feb. 5. Charges of $181.75, $81.75 and $181.75 were placed on her card that day at the Western Door in Akwesasne.

Ms. Donnelly, in a statement she provided to police, said Smith and his wife, the former Sierra Saxby, had moved into her Hogansburg apartment complex shortly before the incident. She said she had given the couple her debit card and personal identification number after they complained to her they lacked the money to purchase necessary medication for Mr. Smith and diapers and formula. She said called Kinney Drugs to tell them she had given the Smiths permission to use her card.

But the couple returned her card a short time later, saying they had decided not to use it because they didn’t want to owe her money. She said the debit card was left on a table next to her computer.

She said when she returned to that room a short time later she discovered the door to her apartment was cracked open and her card was missing.

Mr. Smith, in the statement he had provided to troopers, blamed his wife for suggesting he use the debit card to purchase a battery for their vehicle. He said she had suggested they could pay Ms. Donnelly back when they received their income tax refund check.

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