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Pursuit in Winthrop ends with man being charged with stealing two vehicles

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WINTHROP - A low speed pursuit on state Route 420 in the towns of Norfolk and Stockholm Monday night ended with a Moira man being jailed for stealing vehicles in the towns of Lawrence and Norfolk.

Massena-based state police said Shawn D. Schreier, 21, of 455 County Route 32, Moira, was charged 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.

He was arraigned by Norfolk Town Justice Donald Lustyik and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

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.

Schreier 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 Dickerson’s Transmission, 286 Lacomb Road in the town of Norfolk.

Troopers said a neighbor called the garage’s 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.

Schreier 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.

Troopers said the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Department is also investigating a stolen tractor complaint linked to the Moira man.

Police said their investigation is continuing.

Schreier reportedly told police he had stolen the vehicles because he had a number of grievances against society and was upset because no one would stop and give him a ride.

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