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Massena man sentenced to 120 days in jail for stealing from Walmart

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MASSENA - A 53-year-old Massena man charged with conspiring with his wife so he could steal more than $3,500 worth of merchandise while she was working at Walmart has been sentenced to serve four months in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson sentenced Galon J. Rousaw of 106 North Main St.., Apt. 1, to 120 days in the county jail and ordered her to pay a $205 surcharge, which was reduced to civil judgment for a petit larceny conviction.

Village police had charged Rousaw with third-degree grand larceny on Aug. 12.

Village police charged Mr. Rousaw and his wife, Stephanie J., 53, after they allegedly took merchandise from Walmart without paying for it a couple of times a month for the past 11 months. Ms. Rousaw was employed as a door greeter at the store. Ms. Rousaw had also pleaded guilty to petit larceny earlier this year in a plea bargain agreement with the St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office.

A Walmart asset protection employee said she had observed Mr. Rousaw push a cart filled with unbagged groceries through the store, cover it with a bright pink steering wheel cover, meet up his wife in the hardware department where she handed him keys and then walk out the door. His wife was working at the time of the incident.

Walmart officials said a review of store video showed similar events took place on July 21 and July 29. They said, after meeting up with his wife in the lawn and garden section on July 21, he walked out the store with an air conditioner and unbagged groceries. Store officials said Ms. Rousaw had also led Mr. Rousaw, pushing a cart filled with unbagged merchandise, out of the store through the lawn and garden section on July 29.

They said on all three occasions videotaped in July, Mr. Rousaw had waited in a vehicle until Ms. Rousaw’s shift was completed and then they left the parking lot together.

Ms. Rousaw told police she had worked as a sales associate at Walmart for approximately four years. She indicated she had encouraged her husband to steal groceries and Christmas items from the store when she was working as a store greeter.

“I am very sorry that I encouraged him to do that, and I am willing to pay you back. I am very sorry,” she noted in her statement to police.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Karin A. Layo, 54, of 34 Fayette Road, Massena, was sentenced to an intermittent term of 15 days in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility for an attempted petit larceny conviction. She will be jailed from 7 p.m. July 22 to 7 p.m. July 24 and from 7 p.m. June 29 to 7 p.m. July 1. Layo was also ordered to pay a $205 surcharge.

Village police had charged Layo with petit larceny after she shoplifted merchandise valued at $69.79 - three books and a six pack of beer - from Walmart on June 27, 2011

Store loss prevention associates said they observed Layo empty a six-pack of Michelob Ultra and place the bottles in her purse, wrapping the beverages with a towel. She then placed her purse on top of a plastic bag containing three books. She reportedly paid for some merchandise before leaving the store, but did not pay for the beer or the books. Store associates said they had been finding empty six-pack cartons of Michelob Ultra in the infant and shoe departments in the weeks prior to her arrest.

■ Hollie S. Villano, 30, of 1088 North Racquette Road, Massena, was fined $75 and a $125 surcharge after a petit larceny charge was reduced to disorderly conduct count. She was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

Police had charged Villano with petit larceny after they responded to Villano’s residence after receiving a complaint from Walmart’s loss prevention associates on Nov. 12 that a female, identified as Villano, had shoplifted several DVDs from the store and left in a vehicle. Police said they recovered four Blu Ray DVDs. The merchandise was valued at $64.97.

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