GRAND LARCENY - MASSENA - Village police charged Edward J. Slade, 21, of 446 state Route 131, Massena, with fourth-degree grand larceny Saturday night following an investigation into an incident that took place earlier in the day.
Police allege Slade had entered the James Pratt residence at 103 North Main St. at approximately 8:30 a.m. and stolen $3,000.
Slade was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $5,000 cash or $10,000.
Mr. Pratt, in a statement he provided police, said Slade knocked on his door and asked to use his bathroom. Mr. Pratt said has known Slade for seven or eight years and the two men had socialized together in the past.
He said Slade entered his residence and used the bathroom. When he got done, I went into the bathroom. I had left $3,000 on the table in the kitchen. I had it out counting it. When I came out of the bathroom, he was running out of the apartment. He had my money in his hand, Mr. Pratt told police.
The Massena man told police he had chased Slade toward the community center, and he lost him as Slade was running around the community center.
The money was $2,900 in $20 bills and two $50 bills. This was my money I was saving to buy a car, he added.
Mr. Pratt had initiated the investigation into the larceny Saturday night when he was being arraigned in Massena court on criminal mischief and criminal trespass counts after he allegedly damaged a door at 69 Beach St. when he went looking for Slade and the money.
Slade was jailed for four days before being released the supervision of the probation department last month after he charged with stealing checks from an acquaintance.
Slade allegedly stole checks from James Baker, forged his name on the checks and cashed them at On A Roll Deli on May 11 and 12. The first check on May 11 was for $135. He cashed checks for $120, $75 and $130 on May 12. Slade told police he was behind on his bills and was being pressured to pay off his debt.