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Massena man released from prison Thursday morning; jailed on burglary charges by afternoon


MASSENA - A 22-year-old Boston area man, who has spent considerable time in Massena in recent years, was released from the Bare Hill Correctional Facility Thursday morning, but he didn’t have much time to enjoy his freedom.

Massena Village Police picked up Adam P. Chelluck on an arrest warrant charging him with second-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny during the noon hour at the St. Lawrence County Department of Social Services building in Canton. Chelluck was waiting for a meeting to get housing assistance, police said.

He was arraigned by Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond.

Chelluck is charged with entering the Adam W. Capron residence at 87 Liberty Ave. at approximately 1:11 a.m. April 20 and stealing two pistols, an IJ model TP 22 calibre semi-automatic and an AOC model Thomspon .45 calibre semi-automatic.

Mr. Capron told police Chelluck had stayed with him from March 5 to April 3.

The Massena man said he had discovered one of his pistols and a magazine were missing from his residence shortly after receiving a Facebook message from a friend, Charles Yanacheck, warning him Chelluck was looking for guns.

“Charles stated some guys from the city were asking Adam to get them some guns or tell them where they could get some,” Mr. Capron noted in his statement.

He said he checked his residence at 9:30 p.m. that same night and found nothing was missing, but when he returned home later in the night he found his pistol was missing from under his mattress and a magazine for the pistol was missing from his dresser. He said he later discovered a second pistol was missing.

Chelluck had been released from the Bare Hill State Correctional Facility Wednesday morning, where he had been held since Aug. 22 on a parole violation.

The Boston-area native had been serntenced to one to four years in state prison in August 2011 for a fourth-degree grand larceny conviction. The maximum expiration date for that sentence is Dec. 29, 2014.

Chelluck, then listing a Brockton, Mass., address, was charged with third-degree grand larceny, resisting arrest and providing police with a false name following an incident on Oct. 29, 2010.

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.

He 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.

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