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Massena man charged with stealing grandmother’s checks

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PETIT LARCENY - MASSENA - Village police charged Shane M. Burnett. 23, of 2 Ober St., Massena, with petit larceny and three counts of first-degree forgery Wednesday afternoon.

He is charged with removing three checks from his grandmother’s checkbook on Aug. 30. Glenda Burnett told police she had not given her grandson permission to take the checks.

He is charged with signing his grandmother’s name on three checks - for $18.50, $11.48 and $12.25 - reportedly passed Aug. 30 at Keegan’s Tobacco Shop, Akwesasne.

“I never wrote these checks, signed them or gave anyone permission to take these checks. My grandson (Shane) lives with me and is the only one who would know where my checkbook was or have access to my checkbook,” she noted in a statement to village police.

Her grandson, in a statement provided to police, admitted he had taken his grandmother’s checks. “I brought them to Keegan’s Tobacco Shop on the reservation and bought cigarettes and chewing tobacco. I filled each check out and signed Glenda Burnett’s name. At no point did Glenda give me permission to take or use these checks,” he added in his statement.

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

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