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Former Massena Walmart associate admits using customer’s debit card

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MASSENA - A Norfolk woman and former Walmart associate admitted she used a debit card left at her cash register by a customer in September to purchase a Playstation 3 and games later that same day during an appearance this week in Massena Village Court.

Village police had charged Emily N. Lashomb, 21, of 55 West Main St., Apt. 2, Norfolk, with fourth-degree grand larceny, two counts of second-degree forgery and two counts of petit larceny.

Lashomb, an associate at Walmart prior to her termination, reportedly used a debit card left at the store by a 75-year-old customer on Sept. 5 on two separate occasions that day to purchase items.

She reportedly initially used the card to purchase two packages of cigarettes and a lighter. She later purchased a Playstation 3, Playstation 3 controllers and two Playstation games with the debit card. The merchandise was valued at $424.84.

Norma McGregor told police she had been unsuccessful swiping her debit card, so she gave it to the associate, who reportedly failed to return it to her. Walmart loss prevention associates told police a review of video showed Lashomb had taken the debit card from the card reader and placed it next to her register. Moments later she reportedly placed the card in her pants pocket.

Lashomb, in a statement she signed for police and store officials, acknowledged she had also taken food and drinks on numerous occasions during shifts she was working at Walmart.

“The only reason I stole the food is not having money for food. I would go four to five days without eating. I became selfish when I stole the Playstation,” she said in her statement.

St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Brenna Ryan made a motion to reduce the felony charges to misdemeanors of third-degree forgery and petit larceny. Lashomb then pleaded guilty to one third-degree forgery count in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied all charges pending from the incidents at Walmart.

Ms. Ryan said Lashomb was required to pay the restitution of $473.85 up front as part of the plea bargain agreement.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Aug. 26.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

• Bethany D. Reczko, 20, of 33510 Wilder Road, Lafargeville, pleaded guilty to attempted petit larceny. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and scheduled sentencing for Aug. 26.

Reczko and a co-defendant were charged with shoplifting $501.85 worth of merchandise, including Easter candy and little girls’ clothing, from Walmart on April 19.

• Briana S. Maldanado, 26, of 180 Webster St., Apt. 102, Malone, was fined $100 and a $125 surcharge and was placed under a one-year conditional discharge after a petit larceny count was reduced to disorderly conduct.

Maldanado had been charged with petit larceny and sixth-degree conspiracy following an investigation into a shoplifting incident Sept. 25, 2012 at Dollar General, 2 Malby Ave. She reportedly shoplifted merchandise valued at $56. The items included a boom cube, a Conair trimmer and a bikini trimmer.

• Rahnienawi Burns, 22, of 211 state Route 37, Hogansburg, was granted a six-month adjournment in contemplation of dismissal after he made restitution and completed 15 hours of community service.

Burns had been charged with petit larceny after he allegedly shoplifted a knife and Versace cologne from Walmart on Jan. 12. The merchandise was valued at $43.94.

• Angela M. McGregor, 38, of 145 Beach St., Massena, was fined $150 after a petit larceny count was reduced to disorderly conduct.

She had been charged with petit larceny after she shoplifted two area rugs from Walmart on Dec. 7.

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