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Massena man sentenced to 30 days in jail for petit larceny conviction

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MASSENA - A Massena man charged with cashing checks that had reportedly been mailed to the wrong address was sentenced to serve 30 days in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility for a petit larceny conviction.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson also ordered Brian J. Snyder, 27, of 250 Center St., Massena, to pay a $125 surcharge and a $50 fee to submit his DNA sample to the state database. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

Winthrop-based state police had charged Snyder, formerly of County Route 53, Brasher Falls, with petit larceny and three counts of second-degree criminal possession of a forged instrument. The forged instrument counts were later reduced to three counts of petit larceny.

He reportedly stole checks that had been inadvertently mailed to an address in the town of Stockholm and then allegedly had a female accomplice cash three of the checks - each written for $25 - at the Twin Rivers Credit Union.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

Ÿ Thomas M. Larose, 45, of 1915 Lafayette St., Ogdensburg, pleaded guilty to attempted petit larceny. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Jan. 28. He had been charged with shoplifting $460.23 worth of merchandise from the Massena Walmart on July 8.

Ÿ Jacob A. Cook, 36, of 84 Moses Cook Road, Hogansburg, pleaded guilty to attempted petit larceny. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Jan. 28.

Cook had been charged with petit larceny following a shoplifting incident at approximately 5 p.m. Sept. 16 at the Massena Walmart.

“ I, Jacob A. Cook, stole the clothes from the Massena Walmart for my kids,” he said in a statement he signed for police. “I stole the clothes because I wanted them to have new clothes for school so they did not have to run around in last year’s clothes.”

When asked why he stole the clothes, Mr. Cook replied, “I stole the clothes because I have no job, but I have been looking for one,” according to court documents.

Court documents indicated the stolen merchandise included both men’s and boy’s apparel totaling $571.60 in value.

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