FALSIFYING BUSINESS RECORD - MASSENA - Village police charged Benjamin E. Van Damme, 28, of 1 Grove St., Massena, Wednesday afternoon with a felony count of first-degree falsifying business records and a misdemeanor charge of petit larceny, Van Damme reportedly falsified seven transactions - three on Friday and four on Saturday - to steal approximately $225 from his employer, Rite Aid. Police said Van Damme allegedly falsely claimed he had taken in recyclable cans and bottles and then took the cash returns for those items.
BENCH WARRANT - MASSENA - Village police picked up Darren M. Chaffee, 40, of 348 Upper Ridge Road, Brasher Falls, at 2:28 p.m. Wednesday at the county probation office on Harrowgate Commons on a bench warrant issued by St. Lawrence County Court. Chaffee allegedly violated the conditions of his probationary sentence, He had been charged with fourth-degree criminal possession of marijuana on Sept. 30, 2011. He was transported to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility pending arraignment on the warrant in county court.
PETIT LARCENY - MASSENA - Village police charged Robert L. Lord, 19, of Main Street, Massena, with petit larceny at 11:20 p.m. Wednesday after he allegedly shoplifted electronic items valued at $102.46 from Rite Aid. Lord allegedly took the items into the store’s bathroom, removed the items from the packaging, placed the items in his pockets and then walked out of the store.
UNSAFE BACKING - MASSENA - Village police ticketed Thomas I. Borsellino, 26, of Jefferson Avenue, Massena, for unsafe backing at 1:55 p.m. Wednesday following a property damage accident on Glenn Street, Police said he backed into a vehicle being operated by Mae Niles of Massena.