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Massena teen jailed for allegedly stealing, selling guns


CRIMINAL SALE FIREARM - MASSENA - Canton-based state police charged Austin B. Villnave, 18, of 144 South Raquette River Road, Massena, with three counts of third-degree criminal sale of a firearm, one count of third-degree criminal sale of a weapon and four counts of third-degree burglary stemming from an ongoing investigation into the theft of several handguns and long guns from a residence in the town of Colton.

Villnave was charged with multiple burglaries at a seasonal residence on Leary Road rented by Andrew T. Jensen of Zephyr Hills, Fla. He also reportedly sold two .22 calibre handguns and a 9 mm handgun in the early morning hours of Dec. 17, 2012. He did not possess a pistol permit.

Villnave was arraigned by Norfolk Town Justice George Grubee Sunday and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $20,000 cash or $25,000 bond.

Mr. Jensen told troopers that he had been notified by his landlord on April 14 that she had been notified by a Colton resident that the garage on the rental property had been broken into. Scott McRobbie had reportedly noticed a broken window on the garage at the rental property and upon further investigation found the back door was open.

He said Mr. McRobbie also told the landlord he had noticed a safe inside the garage had been broken into and was empty. Mr. Jensen, in his statement, provided troopers with a lengthy list of long guns and pistols that had been stored in his safe.

Mr. Jensen also noted two fireproof safes that contained personal papers, some jewelry and a hunting knife had also been taken when his rental property was burglarized.

State police had charged Deshelia R. Thomas-Jandrew, 38, of 144 South Raquette Road, Massena, with third-degree burglary late last week as part of that same investigation into the burglaries at Mr. Jensen’s property.

She told troopers she had driven her son, Austin, and his friend, Andrew Jensen, 19, of 224 Harper Road, Waddington, to the friend’s grandparent’s property in late 2012 on Leary Road in the town of Colton.

She told troopers she dropped the two men off at the residence and saw them climb in through a window to enter the garage. She said she noticed a broken window in the garage after she had seen previous the two men attempting to get into the garage. Thomas-Jandrew said the two men were inside the garage for a period of time before they eventually returned to her vehicle.

“They did not have anything on them. I asked Andrew if he broke the window, and he said yes but not on purpose. He may have been bleeding a little bit. I asked them what they were looking for and Andrew said money. I originally thought I was taking them out there to get money from Andrew’s grandparents, I did not know they had gone away,” Thomas-Jandrew told state police investigators.

The younger Jensen, in a statement he provided police, said he had called Villnave, asked him if he wanted to make some money and then had Villnave’s mother drive the duo to his grandparent’s residence in Colton.

“Austin’s mom knew what we were doing because we talked about it on our way there from my house,” he suggested in his statement.

The younger Jensen said he had grabbed a sledge hammer out of the trunk of the vehicle Thomas-Jandrew was driving when they arrived at his grandparent’s home.

The Jensen’s grandson said after they couldn’t break in through the back door to the garage he broke a window. He said they entered the garage through the window and used the sledge hammer in an unsuccessful attempt to break into the safe.

“I did not know what was in the safe at the time, but I thought there was some money in it,” he noted in his statement to state police investigators.

He said he then went to a drawer in the garage and took some old money and coins, which he later sold at the Norwood Hobby Shop for between $50 and $100. He said Villnave left the garage on that occasion with a crossbow and a few fishing poles.

Court documents suggested Jensen and Villnave returned to the residence at least two other times over the next two weeks and that was when they were successfully able to get into the safe and the handguns and long guns were stolen. Villnave also allegedly returned to the Colton residence on a fourth occasion without the younger Jensen.

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