GRAND LARCENY - HELENA - A Moira man already facing charges for stealing a van in the town of Lawrence and a truck in the town of Lawrence last week now faces a new charge from that same series of incidents.
St. Lawrence County Sheriffs Department deputies charged Shawn D. Schreirer, 21, of 455 County Route 32, Moira, with third-degree grand larceny, fourth-degree grand larceny, second-degree criminal mischief and trespassing Monday stemming from the theft of a John Deere farm tractor from a residence on County Route 53 in the town of Brasher.
Deputies said Schreier allegedly took the tractor from a County Route 53 resident and caused damage to it during the incident. Schreier was arraigned by Brasher Town Justice John L. Burns and sent to to the St. Lawrence County Correctional facility with bail set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.
Massena-based state police had charged Schreirer with two counts of fourth-grand larceny, petit larceny, unlawful possession of marijuana and reckless driving charges in addition to a host of vehicle and traffic law violations on Nov. 2.
Troopers said the incident started shortly before 7 p.m. when they received a report of a vehicle in a ditch in water off County Route 53 in Helena. That investigated revealed that a 2002 Dodge Caravan had been stolen from the Michael C. Oakes residence on state Route 11 in the town of Lawrence.
Schreirer reportedly admitted he had been driving the vehicle when he went off the roadway, crashed through trees, rolled over and came to rest in water in a ditch. Troopers said the vehicle was totaled.
The Moira man was ticketed for failure to use designated lane, failure to report an accident, leaving the scene of a property damage accident, speeding and unlicensed operation of a motor vehicle in connection with that incident.
They said while that investigation was continuing they received a report that 1996 Chevy pickup owned by Teresa Curry of Route 11C, Winthrop, had been stolen from Dickersons Transmission, 286 Lacomb Road in the town of Norfolk.
Troopers said a neighbor called the garages owner after a truck drove across their 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 the vehicle toward Winthrop.
State police joined the pursuit of the truck, which could not travel over 40 mph due to transmission problems, and were able to bring the chase to an end in Winthrop, where state 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.
Schreirer was ticketed for unsafe passing, failure to comply with a police officer, failure to use designated lane, driving to the left of pavement markings, failure to signal, a stop sign violation, making an unsafe lane change, driving to the left at a hillcrest, failure to keep right, operation of a vehicle with unsafe tires and operation of an unregistered motor vehicle in connection with that incident.