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Pursuit in Winthrop ends with man being charged with stealing two vehicles

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WINTHROP — A low-speed pursuit on Route 420 in the towns of Norfolk and Stockholm on Monday night ended with a Moira man being jailed for allegedly stealing vehicles in the towns of Lawrence and Norfolk.

State police said Shawn D. Schreier, 21, of 455 County Route 32, was charged with two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, petit larceny and reckless driving in addition to a host of vehicle and traffic law violations.

He was arraigned by Norfolk Town Justice Donald G. Lustyik and sent to the St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, with bail set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

Troopers said the incident started shortly before 7 p.m. when they received a report of a vehicle in water in a ditch off County Route 53 in Helena. That investigation revealed that a 2002 Dodge Caravan had been stolen from the Michael C. Oakes residence on Route 11 in the town of Lawrence.

Mr. Schreier reportedly admitted he had been driving the vehicle when it went off the road, crashed through trees, rolled over and came to rest in the ditch. Troopers said the vehicle was totaled.

They said while that investigation was continuing, they received a report that a 1996 Chevy pickup owned by Teresa Curry of Route 11C, Winthrop, had been stolen from Dickerson’s Transmission, 286 Lacomb Road, town of Norfolk. Troopers said a neighbor called the garage’s owner after a truck drove across his lawn as it was leaving the business. The owner quickly determined the vehicle had been stolen and pursued the stolen truck, sharing its location with state police as he followed it toward Winthrop.

State police joined the pursuit of the truck, which could not travel over 40 mph because of transmission problems, and were able to bring the chase to an end in Winthrop where Route 420 meets Route 11C. Four state police patrol vehicles were assisted by U.S. Border Patrol agents as the pursuit came to a close. Troopers said the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department also is investigating a stolen tractor complaint linked to the Moira man.

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