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MASSENA - A Norfolk man was jailed Tuesday afternoon after being charged with stealing a credit card from her mother’s purse and using it to take make several purchases at the Sunoco mini-marts in Massena.

Village police charged Jason A. Clookey, 34, of 8545 state Route 56, Norfolk, with two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny. He reportedly used the credit card issued to Danko Construction to make several purchases of cigarettes, beer and gasoline for friend’s vehicles between Dec. 4 - 7. He said he lost the card on the evening of Dec. 7. Several additional transactions were made on the card from Dec. 7-9.

Mr. Clookey’s mother, Robin L., is an administrative assistant for Danko Construction.

The Norfolk man was arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and was sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

Mr. Clookey, in a statement he had signed for police, admitted he had stolen the credit card from his mother’s purse. “I used the card for about three of four days during this time and was purchasing cigarettes, beer and sometimes I would buy gas for friends’ vehicles. The last time I used the card was on Dec. 7 when I purchased $60 in gas from a friend’s vehicle and four packs of cigarettes,” he said, noting he then went to a friend’s house at 49 1/2 Maple St. until 4 a.m. Dec. 8 before going to another friend’s house on Barnhart Road. “I passed out ... and woke up that next morning and the card was missing from my pocket.”

Ms. Clookey said her son had admitted stealing the credit card from her purse during a phone conversation on Dec. 23. She said in the past she had given her son the company credit card with its personal identification number for the sole purpose of purchasing gas for mowing grass. “Jason knows he is not permitted to just take the Sunoco credit card from my purse without permission,” she noted in her statement.

Court documents indicated Mr. Clookey is unemployed and struggles with alcohol and substance abuse addiction issues.

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