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, 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.
Mr. 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.
Ms. 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 jail, Canton, on $300 bail. 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.
Mr. 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 entered Walmart when he saw police arrive.
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 Mr. Addison and Ms. Geddes gave Mr. Jones tips on the high-value items they thought he should shoplift when he was at Walmart.