MASSENA - An Ogdensburg man charged with using another persons credit card to make over $500 worth of purchased at three Massena businesses was jailed on $5,000 bail Friday evening.
Massena Village Police charged Scott M. Kroeger, 29, of 504 Ford Ave., Massena, with a felony count of fourth-degree grand larceny, three felony charges of second-degree forgery and three misdemeanor counts of petit larceny.
He was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.
The Ogdensburg man, who noted he is currently not working and collecting disability, made an unsuccessful pitch to have the local justice reduce his bail to $1,000 cash.
Kroeger was charged with using a credit card issued to Carl C. Christy of Potsdam on Nov. 23 to purchase a sweatshirt valued at $56.54 from Olympia Sports, an Xbox 360 and an Xbox 360 game, Call of Duty Ghosts, with a combined value of $218.57 from Walmart and a Nike winter coat and assorted clothing value at $255.69 from TJ Maxx.
Kroeger, in a statement he signed for police, said he and his girlfriend had traveled to Akwesasne on Nov. 23 to purchase cigarettes with plans to then go to the St. Lawrence Centre mall to go Christmas shopping.
He told police while he was inside the store a woman in line behind him told him he had dropped his wallet. He said he picked up the wallet, which he said looked like his, but when he went to put it in his back pocket he discovered his wallet was already there.
Kroeger said he walked out of the store with the wallet, opened it and discovered a credit card. He said he kept the credit card but threw the wallet out the window while they were heading back to Massena. I hit the fact of me throwing the wallet out from my girlfriend, Jade (Boyer), he told police in his statement.
He said he successfully made purchases with the credit card at Olympia Sports, Walmart and TJ Maxx before being rejected when he attempted to make a second purchase of jewelry at TJ Maxx.
Kroeger said he threw the credit card out the window when he and Boyer were heading back to Massena, again suggesting his girlfriend hadnt witnessed him throw the credit card out the window.
At no time did my girlfriend, Jade, know that I took the credit card and used it to make these purchases. I am ashamed for what I have done. It was close to Christmas, and I didnt have money for things I wanted to buy, Kroeger said in his statement.
Mr. Christy, in his statement to police, said he had traveled from the reservation gas station to Kinney Drugs in Massena before realizing he had lost his wallet.
He said he then went back to his apartment and made phone calls to cancel his cards. He said while he was on the phone with a Bank of America associate he learned his credit card had been used to make three transactions between 5:11 p.m. and 5:57 p.m. I did not make any of these purchases, he told police.