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Plattsburgh trio charged in Massena Walmart caper appear in village court

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MASSENA - The Plattsburgh-area trio charged with stealing nearly $10,000 worth of electronics from the Massena Walmart store on Jan. 27 made brief appearances Tuesday afternoon in Massena Village Court.

Travynn L. Ippolito, 26, no address, and Nina N. Duprey, 35, of 5 Twin Circle, Plattsburgh, were arraigned on third-degree grand larceny and fifth-degree conspiracy charges by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and sent back to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

Mr. Gustafson told Brandy D. Young, 35, also of 5 Twin Circle, Plattsburgh, that he was unable to set bail in her case because she has two more more prior felony convictions.

The Department of Corrections and Community Services website said Young was sentenced to one to three years in state prison in September 2004 for a fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance conviction and was sentenced to 54 month in state prison in August 2009 for a third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance conviction. She was released under parole supervision on Oct. 13, 2011 and discharged from community supervision in October 2012.

Court documents said the trio stole 29 items, including Ipads, Ipad Minis and Ipad Shuffles from a locked cabinet at the Massena Walmart store on Jan. 27. The items were valued at $9,790.

A statement provided to police by an asset protection associate at Walmart said a review of the store’s security video showed a male approach the locked cabinet at 6:48 p.m. and begin to tamper with the lock. The two women reportedly joined Ippolito at the cabinet at 6:57 p.m., according to the statement, and he reportedly began removing multiple Ipads and Ipod Shuffles from the cabinet, placing most of the items in a red trash can in a shopping cart and the remaining selections in the cart itself.

The Walmart associate said the trio then went to different areas of the store, reportedly hid the items inside their clothing and then walked out of the store at 7:11 p.m. and left the area in an older model Suburban with Washington plates.

That vehicle was stopped Jan. 31 on South Catherine Street in the city of Plattsburgh.

Ippolito reportedly moved to Plattsburgh from Washington state shortly before Thanksgiving.

The trio are scheduled to appear Thursday morning in Potsdam Town Court for a preliminary hearing on felony charges pending from the theft of nearly $24,000 worth of electronics from the Potsdam Walmart store.

St. Lawrence County sheriff’s detectives and deputies charged Ippolito,Young and Duprey with two counts of conspiracy, a misdemeanor, and two counts of third-degree grand larceny, a felony, following an investigation into a major shoplifting incident at the Potsdam Walmart store.

Deputies said the trio conspired and stole more than $24,000 in electronics on Jan. 23 and Jan. 27 from the Potsdam store.

The trio was located in the Plattsburgh area and several police agencies assisted the sheriff’s office with the investigation, including Massena and Plattsburgh police departments, state police, Clinton County Sheriff’s Department, Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, Tacoma, Wash., Police Department and Auburn, Wash., Police Department.

Ippolito and Young were arraigned by Potsdam Town Justice James Mason on the Potsdam charges and are being held at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond. Duprey was also arraigned by Mr. Mason, and she was also sent to the county jail with her bail set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond on the Potsdam charges.

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