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Massena man sent to jail for petit larceny conviction

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MASSENA - A Massena man was sentenced to serve 15 days in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility after the judge found out he had been charged with another shoplifting charge while he was awaiting sentencing on a petit larceny conviction.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson also placed Corbey A. Terrance, 22, of 8 Maiden Lane, Massena, on probation for three years and directed him to make restitution of $449.88.

Terrance allegedly walked past the last point of sale at Walmart on July 12 without paying for a chainsaw and soda. The merchandise was valued at $168.63. He pleaded guilty to the petit larceny count in a late October court appearance.

Mr. Gustafson told Terrance he was appalled to learn the Massena man had been charged with a new count of petit larceny on Nov. 5 - just a week after entering his guilty plea - when he allegedly walked past the last point of sale at Walmart without paying for a drill set.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Andrew R. Post, 35, of 250 River Drive, Massena, was fined $100 and ordered to pay a $50 fee to submit his DNA sample to the state database for an attempted petit larceny conviction. He was also ordered to make restitution of $376.

Village police had charged Post with two counts of petit larceny June 25 stemming from the unauthorized use of an acquaintance’s debit card on two occasions.

He withdrew $200 out of Rhonda R. Lunderman’s SeaComm account without her permission on June 22 and another $142 from that same account June 23 at Ray’s Place.

According to court documents, Ms. Lunderman and Misty Timmons took a third woman to Burlington, Vt., on June 22, where the unidentified woman’s husband was being treated at the Fletcher-Allen Medical Center.

Ms. Lunderman said when she reached Rouses Point she realized she had left her wallet at home. She said she was unsuccessful in locating friends or family to assist her, and Ms. Timmons had suggested Post would be willing to help her.

She said she told Post how to get in to her residence, the location of her wallet and the code he would need to use to withdraw money from her account on her debit card. She said she asked Post to withdraw $240 from her account and wire it to her. She indicated that transaction was completed.

But, she said, when she returned home she discovered the balance in her account was more than $300 lower than she anticipated and noticed the two unauthorized withdrawals.

Ms. Lunderman said Ms. Timmons called Post and confronted him about the missing money.

“Andy admitted taking money from me. He told her he would pay me back ...,” Ms. Lunderman told police, noting he had failed to do so.

■ Raeanne L. Benedict, 34, of 305 Cook Road, Hogansburg, was fined $75 and a $125 surcharge after a petit larceny count was reduced to a disorderly conduct violation. She was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

She had been released from the Franklin County Jail on Monday after serving a six-month sentence and is currently serving a felony probation sentence.

Village police had charged Benedict with petit larceny at 10:43 a.m. June 21, 2012 following an alleged shoplifting incident at the Massena Walmart. Police said Benedict walked out of the store without paying for $262.47 worth of merchandise, primarily clothing, party supplies and children’s toys.

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