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Massena man charged with stealing, registering acquaintance’s truck

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GRAND LARCENY - MASSENA - A Massena man faces three felony charges after he allegedly stole an acquaintance’s truck when the vehicle’s owner moved to Florida and then forged that man’s name on the title so he could register the 1988 GMC pick up.

Winthrop-based state police charged Carl J. Oakes, 56, of 48 George St., Massena, with fourth-degree grand larceny, second-degree forgery and first-degree offering a false instrument for filing on Sunday.

Oakes was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and released under the supervision of the probation department.

He is charged with stealing the 1988 pick up from Floyd Guyette and then signing Mr. Guyette’s name on a vehicle registration/title application so he could registered the truck in his own name.

Mr. Guyette told troopers he had been in Florida for approximately two years and when he returned home in June he discovered the 1988 pickup was missing from his property.

“I heard recently that my truck was registered and being driven by Carl Oakes. Carl use to hang around here back in the day. When I heard this, I went into my office and noticed the title to the truck is missing. The fireproof box was busted open,” Mr. Guyette noted in the statement he signed for state police.

Oakes is scheduled to reappear Sept. 12 in Masssena Town Court.

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