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Fort Covington man charged with stealing TV from Walmart placed on probation

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MASSENA - A 22-year-old Fort Covington man charged with trying to steal more than $1,000 worth of merchandise from Walmart in September and then attempting to break into a Sunmount residence in an effort to hide from police appeared in village court this week.

Steven P. Thompson of 1705 Salmon St. was placed under probation supervision for three years and ordered to pay a $205 surcharge after pleading guilty to a misdemeanor count of petit larceny in a plea bargain agreement with the St. Lawrence County District Attorney’s Office. The terms of his probation also require him to abide by a midnight to 6 a.m. curfew when he is required to be at his residence.

Village police had charged Thompson with a felony count of fourth-degree grand larceny and second-degree criminal trespass. He was taken into custody at 1:54 p.m. Sept. 26 after an approximately 10-minute pursuit in the Stephenville Road area before he was found trying to hide in the cat tails in a swampy area between state Route 37 and Stephenville Road.

Police said Walmart’s asset protection staff stopped Thompson when he walked past the store’s last point of sale without paying for $1,021.62 worth of merchandise in his cart. Those items reportedly included area rugs, strawberry Twizzlers, an eight pack of Mountain Dew, a magic glove and two 32-inch Vizio televisions.

Thompson reportedly took off running through the Walmart and Home Depot parking lots and then into the back lawns of homes in the Stephenville Road area before attempting to enter the IRA home through a locked back door. He then entered the garage at the residence, where he was confronted by a maintenance man, and fled again.

Police said at one time he entered the wooded area near the Department of Public Work’s building. He was taken into custody a short time later by village police with assistance from Massena-based state police.

The Fort Covington man told police he had several items, including the two televisions, in his cart before he looked in his pockets and realized he had no money.

“I then left my cart in the underwear section and went to the front door by the customer service section. While by the front door, I was checking to see if the electronic beepers would actually beep if I tried to steal the TVs. I decided if I was stealing the TVs I might as well steal everything in the cart,” he said.

In other court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Peter A. Nelligan, 28, of 15 Bishop Ave., Massena, was fined $75 and a $125 surcharge for a disorderly conduct - obstructing traffic conviction. The charge stemmed from an incident at 3:28 a.m. Jan. 19, 2012 when he allegedly staggered in front of a DPW snowplow on Center Street. Court documents alleged Nelligan was heavily intoxicated at the time of the incident.

■ Joshua A. Muller, 26, of 33 Pleasant Grove Church Road, Edmonton, Ky., was fined $200 and a $125 surcharge for a disorderly conduct conviction. He had been charged with disorderly conduct and resisting arrest when he struggled with officers and attempted to head butt a shift supervisor when police were attempting to take him into custody on a warrant on June 26, 2008.

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