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Two Massena men jailed on burglary counts

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BURGLARY - MASSENA - Village police charged James O. Upshur, 47, of 59 Maple St., Apt. 2, Massena, and Luke D. Hehir, 22, of 59 Maple St., Apt. 1, Massena, with second-degree burglary and petit larceny at 5:53 p.m. Sunday after responding to a report of a burglary in progress report at 7 Clary St.

Police said the duo were in possession of shower curtain rod rings, an RCA sub woofer, speakers, plastic bags, silverware and one bullet.

Upshur was additionally charged with unlawful possession of marijuana after he was found in possession of one gram of marijuana. Hehir was also charged with possession of burglar tools.

Both men were reportedly carrying bags when witnesses saw them enter the vacant home, and Hehir was found in possession of a flashlight and two screwdrivers.

Hehir told police he was walking on Clary Street, dropped off a friend and told police he saw the doors were open at 7 Clary St.

“I then became curious and walked right in through the open doors of the house, which were located in the back of the house. When I was inside the house, I took two small speakers and one large speaker from the living room floor. I then took several shower rod curtain rings from inside the house that were on the floor near the bottom of the stairs,” Hehir said in his statement.

Police said Hehir also had stolen Playstation paddles in his bag.

Upshur was reportedly in possession of one Remington Magnum 7mm bullet, silverware and dog grooming nail clippers.

The vacant property is owned by Kurt T. Breitbeck, Louisville, who has been renting the property under a land contract agreement Joseph Woodall, Norfolk.

Mr. Breitbeck said he had spoken to a neighbor who had told him the house was still in good condition, there were still some items inside the residence and the doors had been secured so people couldn’t enter the home.

They were arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $10,000 cash or $20,000 bond.

Upshur’s bail was later revoked after the court determined he had two previous felony convictions. He was sentenced to serve five to 10 years in state prison for a third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance conviction on June 6, 1989 in Queens County. He was also convicted of third-degree grand larceny in April 1987 in New York City.

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