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Massena woman pleads guilty to shoplifting hundreds of dollars worth of merchandise from Walmart

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MASSENA - A 40-year-old Massena woman will be sentenced in September after admitting she shoplifted more than $1,000 worth of merchandise on Dec. 2 from the Massena Walmart.

Jamie L. Northrup of 351 East Orvis St., Apt. D, Massena, pleaded guilty to one count of petit larceny in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied issuing a bad check and petit larceny counts pending in Massena courts and another charge pending in Potsdam Town Court. Her agreement calls for her to make restitution on all charges covered by the plea bargain.

Acting Massena Village Justice James M. Crandall directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Sept. 17.

“See you in September. Hopefully not sooner,” Mr. Crandall told Northrup after raising some concerns about her ability not to violate her release under the supervision of the probation department.

“She successfully completed rehab,” defense attorney Joseph Welch told the court.

But Mr. Crandall said after reading a uniform court report prepared by the St. Lawrence County Probation Department on March 30, he would need to see documentation.

“This right here says I (Northrup) am a prevaricator. She said it was someone else’s Suboxone... I want to see something in writing,” the acting village justice said to the defense attorney.

That court report had informed Mr. Crandall that Northrup had been administratively discharged from probation on March 28 for misusing her Suboxone.

“(Ms. Northrup) was witnessed shooting up her Suboxone, which her counselor stated is deadly. The defendant was offered a referral to a higher level of care, but she refused both referrals,” the report said.

“She attempted to indicate that her discharge was from other clients’ use. This (probation officer) informed her that it was not the other clients’ fault that she misused her Suboxone,” according to the report.

Village police had charged Northrup and Courtney E. Lashomb, of 82 Cook St., Massena, with fourth-degree grand larceny in connection with a shoplifting incident on Dec. 2 at the Massena Walmart store.

Police alleged Northrup and Lashomb had walked past the last point of sale at the store without paying for $1,341.12 worth of merchandise.

A store loss prevention associate told police Northrup placed two Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy II cell phones, each valued at $399, a variety of groceries and laundry supplies ranging from laundry soap to bleach and from steak and potatoes to ice cream and clothing items, including lingerie, in a shopping cart and then walked past the last point of sale without paying for the items. She was assisted in the effort by Lashomb, according to court documents.

Prosecutors later filed a motion with the local court to have the felony count reduced to the misdemeanor charge of petit larceny.

Among the other charges satisfied by the plea was a petit larceny count stemming from a shoplifting incident Dec. 4 at Sears when she allegedly walked out of the store without paying for a 32-inch Samsung Smart TV.

In other recent court action before Judge Crandall:

■ Austin B. Villnave, 19, of 144 South Raquette Road, Massena, was sent back to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with his bail continued at $20,000 cash. He is represented by attorney Bradford Riendeau.

Canton-based state police charged Villnave in February 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.

Villnave was charged with multiple burglaries at a seasonal residence on Leary Road rented by Andrew T. Jensen of Zephyr Hills, Fla. He also reportedly sold two .22 calibre handguns and a 9 mm handgun in the early morning hours of Dec. 17, 2012. He did not possess a pistol permit.

Villnave was charged later in February with three counts of third-degree burglary and four counts of fourth-degree criminal mischief stemming from an Aug. 3 incident at Journeyman Self Storage, 2 Haverstock Road.

It is alleged that about 8:50 a.m. Villnave and codefendant Justin P. Love of 81 Chase St., Massena, cut the locks off four storage units, entered three of them and stole property from two.

The men allegedly stole tools, including a motorcycle jack and a welder, from a unit rented to Thomas J. Chapman and a 32-inch flat screen television from a unit rented to Stacy M. Rusaw.

They also reportedly entered a storage unit rented by Rick Fuller and moved boxes, but stole no items there and allegedly broke two locks on a unit rented to Rebecca L. McDermott.

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