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More charges pending in case of trash man accused of burglary

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OGDENSBURG — More charges are pending against a trash collector accused of burglarizing two of his customers’ homes to get drug money.

Ogdensburg Police Detective Sgt. Robert H. Wescott said Friday that Melvin H. Perry, 45, owner of Perry’s Trash Removal, is facing charges of petit larceny and criminal trespass. Both charges stem from complaints that police received Wednesday.

Mr. Perry was arrested Monday and charged with two counts each of felony second-degree burglary and felony fourth-degree grand larceny. Police said he entered customers’ unlocked homes on June 26 and July 23 and took a wallet and cash.

Mr. Perry, who lives at 720 Jay St., pleaded not guilty to all charges.

Because he has prior felony convictions, he was ordered held without bail in St. Lawrence County jail, Canton. His case will heard by a St. Lawrence County grand jury after he waived his right to a preliminary hearing in Ogdensburg City Court.

Following Mr. Perry’s arrest, police asked his customers to call them if they had any concerns about his business conduct with them.

“We’ve had some people come forward,” Mr. Wescott said, adding that most of their stories “did not rise to the level of criminality” in substance.

Lawrence G. Mitchell, of 1004 Congress St., told police Wednesday that Mr. Perry once came to his house, begged for money and had to be escorted out. That resulted in the criminal trespass complaint.

Also on Wednesday, Francine Naccarato, of 215 Franklin St., reported the theft of $75.

In his statement to police, Mr. Perry explained his motivations.

“The money was for drugs,” he said. “I was wrong. I never should have done it.”

Mr. Perry is represented by the St. Lawrence County conflict public defender’s office.

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