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Massena man ordered to pay surcharge for stealing girlfriend’s debit card

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MASSENA - A Massena man charged with stealing his girlfriend’s debit card while he was stealing has been ordered to pay a $205 surcharge after pleading guilty to a reduced count.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson also ordered Lawrence B. Brooks, 32, of 116 Woodlawn Ave., Massena, to pay a $50 fee to submit his DNA sample to the state data base for his petit larceny conviction.

Village police had charged Brooks with fourth-degree grand larceny - credit card and petit larceny in the early morning hours of Feb. 27, 2013 after he reportedly took a debit card without the permission of its owner, a woman described in court papers from the time of the incident as his girlfriend.

Brooks told police he waited until Heather Kellogg fell asleep, took her debit card out of her wallet and replaced it with is own and then went to an ATM and withdrew $300.

“The money is gone because I spent it,” Brooks said in the statement he signed for police. “I spent it, and I’d rather not say what I spent it on.”

Police received the complaint from Ms. Kellogg at 2:45 a.m. Feb. 27, and Brooks was arrested at 5:12 a.m. that same day.

Prosecutors had previously filed a motion to have the felony charge reduced to a misdemeanor count of petit larceny.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Chelsea A. Walsh, 22, of Newcomb was fined $75 and a $125 surcharge and placed under a one-year conditional discharge after a petit larceny count was reduced to a disorderly conduct violation in a plea bargain agreement with the district attorney’s office.

Village police had charged Walsh with petit larceny Dec. 23 after responding to a shoplifting complaint at Walmart in Massena. Walsh walked past the last point of sale without paying for $188 worth of merchandise, including food and Christmas gifts, police said.

■ Kelsey Lanning, 19, of 19 Brighton St., Massena, was fined $75 and a $125 surcharge and placed under a one-year conditional discharge after a petit larceny count was reduced to a disorderly conduct violation in a plea bargain agreement with the district attorney’s office.

Village police had charged Lanning with petit larceny at 10:23 p.m. Jan. 31 after responding to a shoplifting complaint at the Massena Walmart. Lanning reportedly walked past the store’s last point of sale without paying for three Mountain Dew sodas valued at $4.79 and a package of beef jerky valued at $7.98. Lanning was also charged with unlawful possession of marijuana. The marijuana violation was satisfied by the plea to disorderly conduct.

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