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Constable man placed under conditional discharge for stealing client’s debit card

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MASSENA - A Constable man who admitted he stole a resident’s debit card in January when he was doing an overnight room check while employed at the Valehaven Home for Adults has been ordered to pay court fees and placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson ordered Patrick A. Bobbie, 36, of 61 Miller Road, Constable, formerly of Malone, to pay a $205 surcharge and placed him under a one-year conditional discharge for his conviction on a reduced count of petit larceny.

Village police had charged Bobbie with fourth-degree grand larceny following an investigation into the theft of resident John Scott’s debit card on Jan. 3. Bobbie allegedly used the debit card to get $200 at 7:27 a.m. Jan. 3 at the On A Roll Deli and withdrew an additional $350 from the Seacomm ATM at 11:10 p.m. that same day.

Bobbie, in a statement he signed for police, said he had seen the resident’s debit card on top of his dresser when he was doing room checks at approximately 3 a.m. Jan. 3 and decided to take it. The police investigation was aided by the use of surveillance video, according to court documents.

A number of adults with developmental disabilities resided at the Valehaven Home. The facility closed its doors in Massena earlier this year.

He had been sentenced in February 2011 for stealing money from his previous employer. The former assistant manager at Taco Bell has been fined after he admitted he stole $50 while he was employed as a shift manager at the Massena location.

Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow fined Bobbie $50 and a $125 surcharge after a misdemeanor count of petit larceny was reduced to disorderly conduct. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge and was ordered to make restitution of $50.

Bobbie told police he had been employed as an assistant manager at Taco Bell since Dec. 8, 2010 when he took the money from the till in early January 2011.

He said an employee took the till out of her register when she completed her shift in the early evening hours of Jan. 6, 2011. He said he brought the till back to the manager’s office and when he was counting the money in the drawer he took out two $20 bills and a $10 bill and kicked them under the counter.

He reportedly returned to the manager’s office the next evening and removed the money from under the counter.

“This is the first time I’ve ever taken anything from work, and I’m not really sure why I did this. I am very sorry I did this,” he noted in the statement he reportedly signed for police.

Taco Bell officials they discovered the missing money from the drawer and saw Bobbie take the money during a review of their security system video.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Brian D. LaPrade, 24, of 250 Andrews St., Massena, was fined $25 and a $125 surcharge after a petit larceny count was reduced to a disorderly conduct violation. He was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge with a stipulation he perform 20 hours of community service.

Village police charged Chantelle M. Berube of state Route 420, Norfolk, and Laprade with petit larceny after responding to a shoplifting complaint at 7:56 p.m. Jan. 21 at the Massena Walmart. Berube reportedly walked past the last point of sale without paying for $320.44 worth of merchandise. Police said Laprade, described as Berube’s boyfriend in court papers filed at the time of the arrest, reportedly placed several Nintendo DS games inside a diaper bag Berube was carrying.

■ David S. Rixon, 51, of 3 Williams Drive, Ogdensburg, pleaded guilty to attempted petit larceny in a plea bargain agreement that resolved a petit larceny count. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Feb. 25.

Rixon was charged with walking past Walmart’s last point of sale without paying for $504.75 worth of merchandise. He reportedly left the merchandise in the vestibule outside the store after being approached by loss prevention associates.

■ Laurie Cameron, 31, of 90 East Hatfield St., Apt. 9, Riverdale Apartments, Massena, was fined $75 and a $125 surcharge and placed under a one-year conditional discharge after a petit larceny count was reduced to a disorderly conduct violation.

Cameron, a Walmart employee at the time of the incidents, reportedly left the store without paying for $35.09 worth of merchandise on two days, Sept. 1 and Sept. 2. The items included a Pepsi on both days, clothing and body wash.

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