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MASSENA - A Cornwall, Ont., charged with stealing an acquaintance’s wallet containing $450 while she was visiting his residence has been ordered to make restitution.

Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow placed Tanya L. Oakes, 40, of 58 McCumber Road, Cornwall, Ont., under a one-year conditional discharge with a stipulation she make $450 restitution.

She had been picked up on an arrest warrant for petit larceny when she attempted to cross into the United States in August at the U.S. port of entry in Rooseveltown. Oakes pleaded guilty to a reduced count of attempted petit larceny.

She had been charged with stealing $450 from Clifford M. Sunday’s wallet when she was at his residence at 10:30 p.m. July 12.

Mr. Sunday said he had left with wallet on an end table at his residence that night. He said a short while later his fiance, Gabrielle Laplant; Sara Swamp and Oakes arrived at his residence.“Tanya was upset with me that I didn’t represent her in a case,” Mr. Sunday, an attorney, noted in his statement to troopers. “Shortly after, Tanya said everything was fine and wanted to leave.”

He said he discovered the money was missing from his wallet the next day when he was preparing to go golfing. He said Ms. Swamp contacted him and told him Oakes had admitted stealing the money.

Ms. Swamp, in her statement to troopers, said she had hung out with Oakes for approximately an hour an a half on the evening of July 12, the night before her birthday. She said they went to Mr. Sunday’s residence and then she dropped Oakes off the at the Brass Horse at approximately 10:30 p.m. that night.

“Clifford called me the next day asking me for Tanya’s phone number because he was missing money out of his wallet. Tanya ended up coming over to my house at about 11 a.m. July 13. I asked her where Clifford’s money was, and she said, ‘Yeah, I took it, and it is in my wallet.’ Tanya then told me that her wallet was stolen at the Brass Horse so she didn’t have the money,” Ms. Swamp noted in her statement.

She said she later learned Oakes had found the wallet on the couch and sent her a Facebook note asking her to “make things right” with Mr. Sunday.

“Tanya wrote back and said that she was sorry for being a disappointment. Tanya continued to write that she did it and was a dirt bag and that she took his money and actually still had it. Tanya also has a drug addiction,” Ms. Swamp pointed out in her statement to state police.

In other recent court action before Judge Sharlow:

■ Drew D. Jacobs, 23, of Cornwall Island, Ont., was fined $300 and a $260 surchargeafter a driving while intoxicated charge was reduced to driving while ability impaired. He was placed under a one-year conditional discharge and his operating privileges were suspended for 90 days.

He had been charged with DWI and ticketed him for a seat belt violation and illegally parking on the roadway following an incident reported at 8:20 a.m. April 14on the international bridge approach in the town of Massena. Troopers said Jacobs was sleeping in his vehicle on the highway.

■ Tylar A. Jacobs, 23, of Apt. 2, 2 John Oakes Lane, Hogansburg, was fined $50 and a $125 surcharge after a petit larceny count was reduced to disorderly conduct. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

Jacobs reportedly took a Power Balance bracelet, valued at $29.99, out of its packaging and shoplifted it from Olympia Sports on Nov. 17.

■ Rebecca E. Despaw, 20, of 1952 County Route 38, Norfolk, was granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal with a stipulation she perform 30 hours of community service. She had been charged with petit larceny after she allegedly stole items from JC Penney.

Despaw told police she had received a text from a friend asking her to go to the mall and steal some bras and children’s clothes for her. She said she went to JC Penneys, removed tags from several articles of clothing, put the clothing in a bag, placed the bag in her stroller and left the store.

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