MASSENA - A Massena man who admitted stealing hundreds of dollars worth of electronics from Walmart earlier this year and then selling those items to get money to but drugs has been sentenced to time served for the more than two months he has already served in custody in recent months.
Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson released Douglas H. Wilson, 36, of 106 North Main St., Massena, from custody and placed him under probation supervision for the next three years. He had been incarcerated since July 30 on $2,000 cash bail. He was also ordered to pay a $205 surcharge.
St. Lawrence County Assistant Conflict Public Defender Nicole Sabasowitz told the court Wilson recognizes he has a problem with substance abuse and plans to continue with treatment following his release from jail.
I want to get this behind me, be done with it, Wilson told the court.
His guilty plea satisfied a host of theft charges he had piled up over a four-month period earlier this year, with most of the arrests taking place in late May and June.
Village police had charged Wilson with three counts of petit larceny on July 1 following an investigation into shoplifting incidents at the Massena Walmart.
He reportedly left the store without paying for a television and a sound bar valued at $286 on May 29, a 42-inch LG television and another television on June 30 and a fourth television and a vacuum cleaner on another date in late June.
I intentionally stole the television (on May 29) and sold it for money to buy heroin. Last week, I stole a vacuum cleaner and tv from Walmart and sold both of those items as well for money for drugs, Wilson told village police in a statement he signed following his arrest in July.
He also admitted stealing two television from the store on June 30, hiding them at a friends house and then selling them as well.
Village police had also charged Wilson on June 8 on an arrest warrant for petit larceny. That charge alleged Wilson stole $150 from the center console of Carrie Burnors vehicle at approximately 9 p.m. March 19. Ms. Burnor, 259 Center St., Apt. 2, Massena, told police she was driving home when she saw Wilson walking on Liberty Avenue and stopped to give him a ride to his residence. When Doug got out, he opened the door and snatched $150 I had left in my center console and ran into his apartment. I forgot I had left the money there. I have been texting Doug, and he told me he was going to give the $150 back to me. Doug has not given me the money, and I think he is giving me the run around, Ms. Burnor said in a statement she signed approximately two hours after the incident.
He was also charged with petit larceny June 18 in connection with a shoplifting incident at the Walmart store.