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Moira woman placed on probation for stealing multiple Xboxes at Walmart


MASSENA - A 26-year-old Moira woman charged with shoplifting more than $1,000 worth of electronic items from the Massena Walmart in December 2012 has been placed under probation supervision for three years and ordered to make restitution.

Haley M. Wilcox of 777 Route 11, Moira, had pleaded guilty to a single count of petit larceny in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied two charges that were initially felony counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief.

Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall ordered Wilcox to make restitution of $1,788.42.

Defense attorney Denice (Goodrich) Smith said Wilcox has been successful since being placed under probation supervision following her arrest. She pointed out her client supports three children and holds a management position at an eatery in Franklin County.

Wilcox and Marcel O. Cox, 28, of 102 Tuper St., Moira, had been charged with felony counts of fourth-degree grand larceny at 6:37 p.m. Dec. 23, 2012.

The pair allegedly stole a flat-screen television, three Xbox 360 gaming consoles, other electronic items and wrapping paper from Walmart that day. The merchandise was valued at $1,606.14.

Both were also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana and criminal possession of a controlled substance. Cox was reportedly in possession of three acetaminophen hydrocodone 500 mg tablets.

Walmart loss prevention agents also told police a review of store video revealed the duo had been involved in a similar caper on Dec. 15, 2012 when they allegedly left the store without paying for $1,625.84 worth of items. They alleged Cox and Wilcox had each walked out of the store without paying for a television and two Xbox consoles in each of their shopping carts.

Prosecutors later reduced the felony counts to misdemeanor charges of petit larceny.

Mr. Crandall told Wilcox it was clear the larcenies were drug related.

“All this business I hear about I have a drug problem. It is clear that people stealing three Xboxes are going to try to sell them to get money to support their drug habit. People make a decision to use drugs,” he fumed.

Cox was sentenced in October to one year in the county correctional facility for his conviction on a petit larceny count stemming from the incidents. He was released from custody, with credit for time served, on March 14.

In other recent court action before Judge Crandall:

■ Mark A. Summers, 22, of 57 Ames St., Massena, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal.

He had been charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after he was allegedly found in possession of a cigar containing 4.5 grams of marijuana following a traffic stop on March 15 on Alcoa Road.

He was also fined $25 and a $25 surcharge for an improper stopping on pavement violation to satisfy a making an insufficient turn signal less than 100 feet from the turn ticket.

■ Anwiio Swamp, 22, of 357 Cook Road, Hogansburg, was fined $50 and a $125 surcharge for an unlawful possession of marijuana conviction. He had reportedly been found in possession of a pipe with marijuana residue on Oct. 19.

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