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Grand jury indicts four for Massena burglaries

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CANTON — A St. Lawrence County grand jury has indicted four people on burglary charges in connection with two separate incidents in Massena, according to documents filed Thursday.

Devian J. Fletcher, 19, of New York, and Matthew C. Malu, 24, of Yonkers were indicted on charges of second-degree attempted burglary for allegedly attempting to break into a Haskell Street home in late December to confront a resident.

Lashawn J. Whitfield, 40, of 834 Ford St., Ogdensburg, and Ashley E. Pike, 27, of 306 Hasbrouck St., Ogdensburg,meanwhile, were indicted for second-degree burglary following an alleged Jan. 11 break-in at a Stanton Road residence.

Court documents show that Fletcher and Malu were looking for resident Andrew Courson, who was home when they showed up on his 26 Haskell St. doorstep at about 11:30 a.m. on Dec. 27. They allegedly tried to open a door but found it was locked, and Mr. Courson’s girlfriend, Amanda Parmer, reportedly told the men to leave, and that she was calling police. She said she saw Mr. Malu pick up a shovel and throw it through a kitchen window as the pair were leaving.

Mr. Malu and Mr. Fletcher were arrested by police shortly afterward.

In the other case handled by the grand jury, Mr. Whitfield and Ms. Pike allegedly entered 27 Stanton Road and stole an unspecified amount of jewelry. Pike was taken into custody later on Hasbrouck Street, Ogdensburg, and Whitfield was arrested shortly afterward at 431 Belmont Courts, Ogdensburg.

Massena-based state police had charged Whitfieldand Pikewith second-degree burglary on Jan. 18 stemming from a complaint made to troopers at 6:05 p.m. Jan. 12 from the town of Massena.

Pike, in her statement to police, said she and Whitfield had been visiting her sister on the Stanton Road on the day of the burglary. She said during their conversation her sister noted her next door neighbor had moved into the nursing home a couple months earlier and wondered aloud whether there was anything valuable in the house.

She said a short time later she joined Whitfield when he went to the neighbor’s residence, grabbing a pillow and a hammer from her sister’s residence. She said Whitfield made the porch light inoperable, broke the glass on a door and entered the residence. She said he took a small black jewelry box from the home and sold some of the burglary proceeds, including a white gold plain band ring and a yellow gold opal ring, to Peets Jewelers for $123. Those two rings were recovered from the jewelry store.

The elderly Stanton Road woman’s told troopers he had been checking on his mother’s house while she was in the nursing home. He said he had checked the house on Jan. 11 and everything was fine, but he noticed problems when he arrived at his mother’s home the next day.

He said he first noticed the front motion light did not turn on and when he investigated discovered it had been unscrewed. “I then walked into the house and went to the fridge and noticed that items were on the floor. It appeared that someone had ransacked the house. All the dresser drawers were open, and a jewelry box was on the floor and open,” the woman’s son noted in his statement to police.

“It also appeared that someone tipped over her mattress to look underneath it,” he said, adding he had also discovered the broken front door window as well as broken glass on the floor.

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