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Massena car shopper sentenced to 180 days in county jail

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MASSENA - A 20-year-old Massena man charged with stealing a vehicle and taking items out of several vehicles in the early morning hours of May 16 has been sentenced to 180 days in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility after he pleaded guilty to a reduced count in Massena Village Court.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson also ordered William M. Servin of 47 Willow St. to make restitution of $3,048.42, which was reduced to judgment, for his conviction on a petit larceny count.

He had been charged with stealing a 2001 Ford Excursion from a driveway on Lombardo Avenue late May15 or in the early morning hours of May 16.

Village police had charged Servin, then listing a 129 Bishop Ave. address, with one felony count of third-degree grand larceny, a misdemeanor count of criminal mischief, five counts of trespassing and four counts of petit larceny.

Police said Servin had been car shopping - looking to steal items from unlocked vehicles - when he reportedly found keys in a vehicle owned by Frank Hillenbrand. He also reportedly stole approximately $30 worth of change from the vehicle. Police said the 2001 sports utility vehicle suffered more than $250 damage as a result of the incident.

He also allegedly took approximately $5 of loose change and a Belkin FM receiver out of a vehicle at 68 Chase St. owned by Elizabeth Perry.

Servin also allegedly stole 11 Busch Light beers, a red cooler and five bags of chips from a vehicle at 20 Chase St. owned by Patrick Sedlock; and a Magellan GPS unit, a Nintendo 64 game unit with three controllers and 12 games from Charley Ayotte’s vehicle at 80 Chase St.

The Ford Excursion was recovered in Sedlock’s driveway on Chase Street. “I was woken up by the police around 4:30 a.m. There was a black Ford Excursion in my driveway, which was not there when I went to bed. I do not know whose it is,” Mr. Sedlock noted in his statement to police.

A Chase Street resident told police he was woken up by his dog barking at approximately 2:40 a.m. He said he looked out his front window and then stepped onto his porch and saw a man walking out from between a couple of houses down the street.

“It was Liz Perry’s driveway. He was staggering down the road. He had a bunch of items in his hands carrying them,” the witness said, noting he called police and then started following the man to see where he was going.

Servin was picked up by village police a short time later.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Curtis P. Debien, 18, of 12526 Route 37, Waddington, was sent back to the county jail with bail continued at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond on first-degree criminal contempt, second-degree criminal contempt and second-degree aggravated harassment charges. He had initially been arraigned and jailed on those charges Monday morning.

■ Samual O. Hurlbut, 19, of 5 South St., Massena, was sent back to the county jail with bail continued at $1,000 cash or $2,000 bond on an alleged probation violation.

■ Christopher H. Pettit, 24, of 419 Rooseveltown Road, Hogansburg, was sent back to the county jail with bail continued at $1,000 cash or bond on a third-degree assault charge. He had been in custody since being charged with biting Sandra Moerlins on the lip during a domestic dispute on Aug. 8.

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