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MASSENA - A Massena woman charged with taking an xBox gaming system and several video games to sell for an acquaintance in September 2011 and then never giving him the items back or any money has been placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson also ordered Chelsea (Hyde) Van Guilder, 24, to pay a $205 surcharge and a $50 fee to submit a sample of her DNA to the state database for her latest petit larceny conviction.

Van Guilder had been charged with petit larceny and second-degree criminal trespass after she reportedly stole an Xbox gaming system, a Guitar Hero guitar, a Guitar Hero video game, an NHL video game and a Call of Duty 4 video game from an acquaintance, Barry O. Keese, on Sept. 13, 2011. She reportedly sold the items for $75 to Ashley P. Pryce after advertising the items for sale on Facebook.

Keese told police he and Van Guilder had a mutual friend, and she had offered to sell the items for him. He said his efforts to get the items, which he valued at $200, back from Van Guilder or the proceeds from their sale never came to fruition.

Mr. Gustafson also extended Van Guilder’s probationary term by one term for a previous petit larceny conviction. She had initially been placed on probation for three years on April 26, 2011.

The first several months of her initial probationary sentence had not gone well, with the probation department filing uniform court reports indicating she had tested positive for marijuana and opiate use and had been arrested on new charges.

St. Lawrence County Assistant Conflict Defender Heather Dona told the court since that time her client has completed a substance abuse treatment program and now is reporting as directed to her probation officer.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Elizabeth M. Gollinger, 25, of 4 Ripley St., Apt. A, Massena, was fined $200 and a $125 surcharge after a petit larceny count was reduced to disorderly conduct. She was also placed under a one-year conditional discharge.

Village police had charged Gollinger with petit larceny following an investigation into a shoplifting complaint filed at 7:55 p.m. Nov. 27 from Price Chopper. Gollinger allegedly left the store without paying for frozen peas and beans. The merchandise was valued at $7.99.

■ Bradley M. Deshaies, 23,of 4872 County Route 14, Madrid, pleaded guilty to one count of petit larceny in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied a second petit larceny charge. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-second investigation and scheduled sentencing for June 18.

He had been charged with shoplifting merchandise, ranging from magazines to Pop Tarts, from the Massena Walmart store.

The plea satisfied a shoplifting incident at 7:58 p.m. Nov. 10 at Walmart. Deshaies allegedly walked out of the store without paying for two shirts, valued at $22.50.

Deshaies had been placed under a one-year conditional discharge with a stipulation he perform 30 hours of community service in July 2012 for a petit larceny conviction. He was also directed to pay a $205 surcharge.

Deshaies and Adam M. Lalonde of Massena had each pleaded guilty to one count of petit larceny in a plea that satisfied two other petit larceny counts stemming from the same incident.

An alert police officer on routine patrol in an unmarked vehicle had made a traffic stop at 1 a.m. July 7, 2011 after witnessing what he perceived as suspicious activity and found the two Massena-area men had just allegedly stolen three bicycles from Victory Road. They were each charged with three counts of petit larceny by village police.

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