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Alleged gun thief released from jail prior to scheduled hearing in Massena court

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MASSENA - A local man who has called Massena his home in recent years when he is not incarcerated was released from custody Tuesday morning prior to the start of a scheduled preliminary hearing.

Village police had charged Adam P. Chelluck, 22, formerly of Brockton, Mass., with second-degree burglary and fourth-degree grand larceny Thursday just hours after he had been released from the Bare Hill Correctional Facility in Malone.

He had been held at the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $15,000 cash or $30,000 bond since his latest arrest.

St. Lawrence County Assistant District Attorney Lloyd Grandy told Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson he was recommending Chelluck be released from custody.

“Based on a review of the facts and discussions with the witnesses, I think it is appropriate to release him under the supervision of the probation department. He is already on parole, and none of the witnesses have any concern for their safety,” Mr. Grandy told the court.

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.

The Boston-area native had been sentenced 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.

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