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Warrant delivered minutes after Massena woman picked up for shoplifting

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MASSENA - A Massena woman ran into double trouble Thursday afternoon when she was charged with shoplifting two pairs of sandals, including a pair of sandals she was wearing when she walked out of the Family Dollar store.

While village police were processing Jamie L. Northrup, 36, of 587 South Main St. on the petit larceny count, Massena Town Court officials delivered a bench warrant signed by Massena Town Justice James A. Crandall seeking her arrest for allegedly violating the conditions of her release under the supervision of the probation department on a previous petit larceny conviction.

She was arraigned on the new petit larceny count and the warrant by Mr. Crandall and sent to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility with bail set at $2,500 cash or $5,000 bond.

Northrup had pleaded guilty to one count of petit larceny in late May in a plea bargain agreement that satisfied issuing a bad check and petit larceny counts pending in Massena courts and another charge pending in Potsdam Town Court. Her agreement called for her to make restitution on all charges covered by the plea bargain. Sentencing in that case is set for Sept. 17.

“See you in September. Hopefully not sooner,” Mr. Crandall told Northrup during that May court appearance after raising some concerns about her ability not to violate her release under the supervision of the probation department.

Village police had charged Northrup and Courtney E. Lashomb, of 82 Cook St., Massena, with fourth-degree grand larceny in connection with a shoplifting incident on Dec. 2 at the Massena Walmart store.

Police alleged Northrup and Lashomb had walked past the last point of sale at the store without paying for $1,341.12 worth of merchandise.

A store loss prevention associate told police Northrup placed two Straight Talk Samsung Galaxy II cell phones, each valued at $399, a variety of groceries and laundry supplies ranging from laundry soap to bleach and from steak and potatoes to ice cream and clothing items, including lingerie, in a shopping cart and then walked past the last point of sale without paying for the items. She was assisted in the effort by Lashomb, according to court documents.

Prosecutors later filed a motion with the local court to have the felony count reduced to the misdemeanor charge of petit larceny.

Among the other charges satisfied by the plea was a petit larceny count stemming from a shoplifting incident Dec. 4 at Sears when she allegedly walked out of the store without paying for a 32-inch Samsung Smart TV.

The probation department had filed a uniform court reported dated Tuesday that noted since being released under the supervision of the probation department pending sentencing she had tested positive for suboxone and cocaine and committed a new offense.

Northrup was one of two Massena women charged with felony criminal mischief counts Sunday stemming from an ongoing investigation into an incident Saturday evening at a residence on state Route 420 just outside the village of Massena that led to eight arrests.

Massena-based state police charged Northrup and Sandra J. Moerlins, 44, of Massena with third-degree criminal mischief after they allegedly broke a rear window near the rear entrance at 2224 state Route 420 at 7:38 p.m. Saturday.

Northrup and Moerlins both turned themselves in to troopers Sunday and were arraigned by Massena Town Justice Gerald P. Sharlow and released under the supervision of the probation department.

Shari L. Caza told police she was at her residence shortly after 7 p.m. Saturday when she heard some people knocking at her back door seeking to gain entrance to her house.

“They were upset because we didn’t come to the door,” she said, noting she recognized the two women - Moerlins and Northrup - but didn’t recognize the two younger men with them, later identified as Andrew and Lucas Northrup.

“When we didn’t answer the door, there was a crash and the sound of broken glass hitting the floor. We found a block of wood with a screw at the bottom of it, like it came off a piece of furniture. I suspect this was thrown through the window because it was not in my house prior to that,” she noted in her statement.

Mr. Northrup told state police he and Moerlins were upset because they had given Derek Sessions $100 for marijuana, and the Massena man took their money but failed to provide them with any drugs.

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