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Massena man latest to be charged in Colton guns theft

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BURGLARY - COLTON- An ongoing investigation into late December 2012 and January 2013 burglaries at a Colton residence resulted in another arrest Wednesday.

Canton-based state police charged Eric J. Deshane, 20, of 733 state Route 37C, Massena, with third-degree burglary. He was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and released under the supervision of the probation department. He is schedule to appear later this month in Colton Town Court.

Troopers allege Deshane drove Austin B. Villnave, 18, of 144 South Raquette River Road, Massena; Andrew Jensen of Waddington and third male to a Leary Road residence on Jan. 20, 2013. The three passengers reportedly went into the garage and stole a rifle with a scope and a handgun. The residence is the seasonal home of Jensen’s grandparents.

Troopers charged Villnave earlier this week 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. He is being held at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $20,000 cash or $25,000 bond.

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.

Deshane told state police invesigators he had been called and asked to drive the trio to Colton in Villnave’s grandmother’s vehicle because none of the three men had a license. He said he was paid $50 for the mission.

There was reportedly a discussion on the way back to Massena that the trio could make “mad bank” if they got into the safe and stole the guns.

The elder Mr. Jensen told state police he learned in April 2013 that the safe in the garage had broken into and multiple long guns and handguns were missing from it.

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