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Massena man jailed for stealing television at campground


PETIT LARCENY - MASSENA - A Massena man charged with stealing a television early Saturday morning from a campsite at the Robert Moses State Park has been jailed with bail set at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.

New York State Park Police charged Steven M. Jandreau, 19, of 151 Water St., Massena. He was charged with stealing a 32-inch RCA television from a camper’s exterior cabinet belonging to Lawrence W. Labarge.

The second petit larceny count stemmed from an arrest warrant issued in March alleging Jandreau had shoplifted a container of maple syrup, valued at $7.29, from Hannaford’s on Oct. 12.

Jandreau was arraigned on the two misdemeanor counts by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond.

Jandreau, in a statement he provided to park police, said he had been walking around the campground at approximately 4 a.m. Saturday when he saw a camper with an outside door open. He said he saw the television when he flashed his light on the cubby.

Jandreau said he grabbed the television and took it back to his campsite. “The next morning I put the tv in the trunk of the car and wrapped it with blankets and other stuff so my father would not see it,” he said.

He said he snuck the television into his home later that day when they went into town to get supplies. “I set the tv on the counter in the kitchen,” Jandreau told police, noting he and his dad then left and returned to the campgrounds.

He said he was approached by a park police officer shortly after returning to the campgrounds. “I was asked if I took or knew who took the tv. I told the police officer that I took the tv. I made a mistake, had too much to drink and took the tv. It was stupid move,” Jandreau said in the statement he reportedly provided to park police.

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