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Watertown woman gets probation for $16K theft


A Watertown woman who admitted stealing $16,600 from her employer was sentenced Friday in Jefferson County Court to five years’ probation for the theft.

Rebecca A. Gardner, 33, of 507 E. Main St., Apt. 2, also was ordered to pay $9,900 in remaining restitution for a March 28 guilty plea to fourth-degree grand larceny. She admitted that from Dec. 22 to Jan. 15, she stole money from her employer, Target, in the town of Watertown.

In other court activity:

Kevin C. Carpenter, 44, of 238 Champion St., West Carthage, was sentenced to a one-year conditional discharge after paying $1,179 in restitution for a March 28 guilty plea to petit larceny. He admitted that from May to September, he kept money due his employer, Arrow Pest Control, Syracuse.

Brandon T. Thompson, 24, of 11385 Circle Drive, Chaumont, pleaded guilty to third-degree burglary. He admitted that on Dec. 2, he entered the town of Clayton residence of Lewis Cheevers with the intent to steal something. Police said at the time of Mr. Thompson’s arrest that a safe was stolen from the County Route 9 home. He is expected to be sentenced July 20 to probation supervision and be ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution.

Michael J. Cowles, 46, of 25748 Pearl Street Road, pleaded guilty to second-degree identity theft and third-degree unauthorized use of a motor vehicle. Sentencing was set for June 18. He was accused of failing to return a vehicle to his ex-girlfriend, Kim Sprague, in January, and of using her debit card to make more than $1,000 in purchases.

Luz Valdes, 46, Yonkers, pleaded guilty by mail to third-degree attempted criminal possession of a forged instrument and was sentenced to an unspecified amount of time served at the Metro-Jefferson Public Safety Building. She was charged with possessing several fraudulent checks Nov. 10 in the town of Orleans.

Paige H. Johnson, 24, Rochester, was arraigned on counts of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance. The charges were contained in a grand jury indictment unsealed in court. It is alleged that she had and sold cocaine within the county in mid-January. She pleaded not guilty to the charges and was sent to the PSB on $10,000 bail.

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