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Ogdensburg woman granted ACD for her role in shoplifting caper

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MASSENA - An Ogdensburg woman has been granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal for her role in a January 2011 shoplifting incident at the Massena Walmart.

Melinda S. Geddes, 27, of Ogdensburg and Cory F. Addison of Ogdensburg had been charged with fifth-degree conspiracy in connection with the incident, and Nathan Lee Jones of Ogdensburg had been charged with two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny. Jones was taken into custody as he left the Massena store without paying for $2,160 worth of merchandise on Jan. 7, 2011.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson granted the ACD at the recommendation of St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Andrew Botts.

Geddes had been picked up on a bench warrant for failing to appear on the conspiracy charge on Nov. 16 and had initially been sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $300. She was later released from custody.

A Walmart asset protection associate told police she had witnessed a man shoplift two computers - a Dell and a Hewlett Packard - from the store in the early afternoon hours on Christmas Eve. She said she was unable to take the man into custody before he fled in the vehicle. The two computers were valued at $1,696.

The Walmart employee said she recognized the man when he re-entered the Massena store at approximately 4 p.m. Jan. 7. She told police that man, later identified as Mr. Jones, placed a computer, Playstation 3, XBox 360, numerous video games and a bottle of cologne in a cart and then left the store without paying for the items. The asset protection associate had notified police of the shoplifter, and they reportedly greeted Jones when he exited the store with the merchandise.

Addison said he had received a call from his brother asking him to give two people a ride to the Massena Walmart so they could shoplift. He said he had remained in the vehicle when Jones and Geddes entered the store, but Addison acknowledged he had entered Walmart when he saw police on the scene.

“I walked in the store because I wanted to tell Melinda to stop doing what she was doing because the police were there. I definitely regret this. I felt pressured into doing this,” he noted in the statement he signed for police.

Police alleged Addison and Geddes gave Jones tips on the high-value items they thought he should shoplift when he was at Walmart.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Daniel McMaster, 25, of 28 Washington St., Massena, was granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal after he made $98 restitution. He had been charged with petit larceny.

An employee at Nana’s Kitchen at the time, McMaster had been charged with removing $60 in change from the restaurant on Oct. 9 and $38 in change on Oct. 6. He told police he had removed the change as a prank, hidden it in the bathroom under a swan and then forgotten he had pulled the prank. He also suggested he had accidentally moved the camera that would have filmed the activity on one of those occasions when he bumped it while he was cleaning.

■ Carolyn Locy, 22, of 51 Grove St., Massena, was granted an adjournment in contemplation of dismissal. She had been charged with petit larceny on Nov. 27 after she walked past the last point of sale at the Massena Walmart without paying for $116.10 worth of merchandise, including eye shadow, eyeliner and blush.

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