MASSENA - A 19-year-old Boston-area man charged with stealing over $4,000 from a teen drug program was remanded back to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail continued at $10,000 cash or bond.
Adam P. Chelluck of 7 Chatham West Drive, Apt. 2, Brockton, Mass., was charged with third-degree grand larceny, resisting arrest and providing police with a false name following an incident on Oct. 29.
Chelluck was a participant in the New England Teen Challenge Drug Program at the time of the incident. The group had spent approximately a week at the New Testament Church, 265 Andrews St., when the incident took place.
The Brockton man allegedly stole $4,279,93 from Mike R. Boufard of Johnson, Vt., one of the program's leaders.
"I found the money in some room, and I knew that the money was for the program," Chelluck, who reportedly suffers from drug addiction issues, told police in a statement he signed.
"I also knew it was not being used for what is supposed to be used for. The people running the program I think are using it for their own personal bank account," he charged.
"I got sick of it. I got sick of seeing how fake the program was so I took the money," he added in the statement he provided to police.
He noted he also stole a laptop in addition to the money and then took a taxi to the Econo Lodge. He said he was approached by police at approximately 9:30 a.m. that same morning and initially identified himself to police as Paul Robbins.
Chelluck acknowledged he had not been compliant with police officers when they attempted to take him into custody. He said he refused to stand up when ordered to do so, even though he had shown investigators the money he had taken from the program.
Chelluck noted a police officer then grabbed him, put him against a wall and handcuffed him.
Police said the teen challenge program takes teenagers and holds programs at a variety of sites around the northeast - moving from location to location - in an effort to get teen substance abusers out of their normal environment.
In other recent court action before Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson:
* Robert E. Wilson, 21, of state Route 11B, Potsdam, was fined $100 and a $125 surcharge for unlawful possession of marijuana. He was reportedly in possession of a grinder with marijuana residue when a sheriff's deputy entered an apartment building at 18 Park Ave. seeking to deliver family court papers to an individual reportedly living at that address.
The deputy noted he smelled a marijuana odor while he was at the bottom of the stairs in the building. He said when he went up the stairs he observed three men around a table with one man with a glass pipe up to his mouth. He noted he approached that man and charged him with unlawful possession of marijuana.
A short time later he said he approached the other two men and asked them information about the subject named in the family court papers.
The deputy said at that time he noticed the grinder on a table next to Wilson.