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Massena man fined for allowing customer to steal tv from Walmart

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MASSENA - A former Walmart employee who admitted he had worked in concert with a customer to allow the theft of a television from the store when he was working was warned he could face up to 15 days in jail if he fails to complete 10 hours of community service included in his sentence.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson fined Myles F. Norman, 25, of 227 Main St., Massena, $100 and a $125 surcharge after a sixth-degree conspiracy count was reduced to a disorderly conduct violation. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge with the stipulation he perform the community service work.

Mr. Gustafson warned Norman he would be brought back before the court if he fails to do the 10 hours of community service work within a timely period and could be resentenced to up to 15 days in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility for his conviction.

“I’ve had a rash of people lately. coming back in here without doing their community service work. Don’t do that,” he warned Norman.

Timothy D. Alguire Jr., 31, of 27 Spruce St., Massena, had pleaded guilty to a sixth-degree conspiracy count in a plea bargain agreement that required him to make restitution of $328 in connection with that same incident

Massena Village Police said Norman, a Walmart associate at the time of the incident, and Alguirewere each charged with sixth-degree conspiracy following an incident that occurred at the store on Feb. 28. Alguire was also charged with petit larceny.

Alguire allegedly went through Norman’s cashier line at Walmart without paying for a 32-inch LG television valued at $328.

Norman, in a statement he provided police, said the two men had hatched the plan during a discussion at a bar several weeks before the incident took place.

“Tim and I talked about maybe him bringing a bigger priced item to my checkout when I’m working sometime. I would let him go through my register and not ring that up. In return for this, he was going to do me a favor down the road. I’m not sure what the favor would be,” he suggested in his statement to police.

But he said nothing happened for several weeks after that discussion until he saw Alguire in his checkout line about two months later.

“I cashed out a few items for Tim. We didn’t say anything because I knew what was going on. Tim had a tv with him. I let the tv go through after I scanned it and it didn’t come up right. (It) read error. I let the tv go through at this point and didn’t rescan it. Tim walked out of the store,” according to Norman.

A store loss prevention associate at the store said a review of the video showed Norman had scanned the box but not the bar code before allowing Alguire to leave the store without paying for the television.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Tiffani J. Hence, 18, of 1 Perkins Road, Massena, was granted a one-year adjournment in contemplation of dismissal.

She had been charged with endangering the welfare of a child after she allegedly left her 5-month-old child unattended in a hallway at an apartment building on South Main Street on March 19. Police said Hence left the child unattended in a car seat for six to seven minutes while sheargued with Donald Dow inside his apartment.

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