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MASSENA - A North Lawrence area man already incarcerated on a first-degree burglary charge has been sentenced to serve two months in jail for his conviction on allegations he had illegally used his mother’s credit and debit card to make purchases and withdraw money from an ATM machine last fall.

Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow sentenced Adam J. Baublitz, 23, of County Route 55, Brasher Falls, to 60 days in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility and ordered him to pay a $205 surcharge. He has been in custody since March 3 when he was charged with first-degree burglary in an apparent drug related crime in the town of Waverly in Franklin County. He is also being held on a parole violation.

Massena-based state police had charged Baublitz last fall with felony counts of second-degree forgery and fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and several misdemeanor counts of petit larceny. He pleaded guilty to third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument after prosecutors made a motion to reduce the felony charges to misdemeanors and return the case to local court.

According to court documents, Mr. Baublitz used a credit card belonging to his mother, Geraldine E. Kellison, to make purchases of $151.11 at P City on Oct. 6 and $88.15 Oct. 7 at Walmart as well as make a withdrawal for $404 Oct. 6 at a Key Bank ATM in the St. Lawrence Centre mall.

He also was charged with misapplication of property, a class A misdemeanor, for allegedly renting two televisions and a Sony PlayStation 3 from Rent-A-Center in the village and then selling them.

Mr. Baublitz also was wanted by the state Department of Corrections and Community Supervision for violating the terms of his parole. He was returned to prison on the parole violation on Dec. 1 and released again on Feb. 9.

Ms. Kellison told troopers she received an email from Discover Card about unusual activity on her credit card on Oct. 7. “Charges were made at Walmart, P-City and a cash advance at Key Bank. I did not make any of these charges,” she noted in a statement she signed for police.

She said she learned on Oct. 9 that her credit card was at TJ Maxx and had her daughter in law, Kassi-Lynn Marcoux, Moira, pick it up for her.

Ms. Marcoux said her mother in law had asked her of Baublitz had taken her credit card after discussing the issue with Discover representatives.

“... I told her, ‘No, why would Adam take it. She said, ‘Whenever something comes up missing, Adam is always involved,’” Ms. Marcoux noted in the statement she signed for police.

She admitted she had lied to her mother in law. “I didn’t want me not to have a place to stay or get Adam in trouble. Adam told me that he took the credit card from her purse because he needed to buy a new pair of shoes,” she noted.

Ms. Marcoux said he told her he had used the card a few times at different places before returning it to her on Oct. 8 when she was on break from Burger King.

“Adam met me in the parking lot and gave me the card. I then went to Mountain Mart and attempted to withdraw $100 four times from the ATM inside Mountain Mart. I then went to the cooler and got a Sobe vitamin water and tried paying for it with the credit card, and it got declined,” she said, noting she then went back to work.

“I went home and gave Geraldine her credit card,” Ms. Marcoux added, noting she had fabricated a story that her friend’s sister worked at TJ Maxx and had given her the card.

“The part about getting the card from TJ Maxx was a lie because Geraldine told me that’s where she thought she lost the card,” Ms. Marcoux added.

Mr. and Mrs. Baublitz and four teenagers had been charged in connection with the Feb. 29 burglary in St. Regis Falls, where threats were reportedly made to the male occupant of the residence and a firearm was displayed.

“It was related to illegal narcotics activity,” Franklin County District Attorney Derek Champagne said at the time of the arrest. “We believe they were looking for drugs and/or money.”

State police investigators said nothing was reported stolen in the burglary attempt. One of the defendants reportedly knew the alleged victim. The St. Regis Falls man was able to provide investigators with the nickname of one of the men involved in the incident, police said.

Baublitz had been released from state prison on Feb. 9, where he had been serving time for a parole violation since Dec. 1, according to the Department of Corrections and Community Services website. He had been sentenced to two to six years in state prison for a second-degree forgery conviction in October 2009 in St. Lawrence County Court. He was also sentenced at that time to a concurrent term of one to three years in state prison for a fourth-degree grand larceny conviction.

In other recent court action before Judge Sharlow:

■ Zachary J. Dupree, 26, of 13 Haskell St., Massena, was fined $200 and a $125 surcharge after a misdemeanor count of third-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument was reduced to a disorderly conduct violation. He was fined an additional $25 and $85 surcharge after a third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle charge was reduced to simple unlicensed operation.

Massena-based state police had charged Dupree with a felony count of second-degree possession of a forged instrument at 1:37 p.m. March 17 following a stop at a checkpoint on County Route 42.

Troopers alleged Dupree has a forged inspection sticker on his vehicle. He was additionally ticketed for third-degree aggravated unlicensed operation and operating a motor vehicle without an inspection certificate.

Dupree, in a statement he made to state police, admitted he had made the sticker in February after his 2004 Ford F-150 failed an inspection.

“ ... the garage told me that I needed new tires before they would pass it for inspection. I couldn’t afford new tires at the time, and I needed my vehicle because I travel to my job in Plattsburgh...,” he noted in his statement.

Dupree said he Googled a New York state inspection sticker for 2012 on line, printed it and colored it red with a Sharpie before punching out February. He noted he then scraped the old sticker off his windshield and replaced it with the printed image.

He said he started to rip the fake inspection sticker off his windshield as he approached the police checkpoint.

“I know this was a stupid move on my part to fake an inspection sticker, but I couldn’t get my truck inspected at a certain time, and I need my vehicle for my daily routine. I was not planning on having the fake sticker for very long, just until I could get my truck inspected,” he noted.

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