MASSENA - A former Massena man was sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with no bail set after being charged with stealing two debit cards from an acquaintance’s daughter’s wallet and then using those cards in an effort to purchase merchandise at Walmart, Dollar General and Stewart’s.
Village police charged Ruben J. Quinones, 48, of 25 Porter Road with two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, two counts of second-degree forgery, two counts of petit larceny, one count of third-degree identity theft, second-degree criminal trespass and three counts of attempted petit larceny after he was picked up at 12:25 a.m. Wednesday with the assistance of Malone Village Police.
He allegedly entered the Jared A. Dunne-Thayer residence in the village and stole two debit cards belonging to Natalie C. Pesold. Quinones reportedly had previously worked with Mr. Dunne-Thayer and had socialized with the family in the past. But Mr. Dunne-Thayer said there had been at least two instances where Quinones, known as Jay by the Dunne-Thayers, had reportedly entered their home without permission. Mr. Dunne-Thayer said he had told Quinones in the past that behavior was not acceptable..
Quinones reportedly used the debit cards in attempts to purchase Beats headphones and an Ipad from Walmart, $56.30 worth of gasoline from Stewart’s and $25 worth of merchandise, including cigarettes, from Dollar General. Some of the purchases were declined; Quinones allegedly forged Ms. Pesold’s name on other receipts.
He was arraigned on the charges by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and sent to the county jail. The village justice noted Quinones’s criminal history showed two prior felony convictions. “I don’t believe I have any ability to set a securing order,” he said, noting local justices are unable to set bail for offenders with two or more felony convictions.
St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Robert Ballan, appearing under the county’s counsel for first arraignment on felony charges program, entered a not guilty plea on Quinones’s behalf. The felony convictions reportedly date back to the early 1990s in the New York City area.