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ATM technician accused of stealing cash on the job

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GOUVERNEUR — Craig J. Coffey was supposed to be servicing ATM machines. Instead, investigators say, the Russell resident was filling his own pockets.

Now, the former employee of Gouverneur-based B&S Business Services faces grand larceny charges in connection with the theft of more than $2,000, the St. Lawrence County Sheriff’s Office said Friday.

Mr. Coffey was employed as a service technician for B&S, which provides ATM sales and service around the region, St. Lawrence County Sheriff Kevin M. Wells said. He is accused of stealing the cash between Nov. 4 and Dec. 20, investigators said.

Mr. Coffey, 22, of 13 Lake George Road, Russell, was arrested Friday and charged with fourth-degree grand larceny and first-degree falsification of business records, both Class E felonies.

“It wasn’t just once,” B&S co-owner Donna Sturge said when contacted Friday about Mr. Coffey’s alleged crimes, in which he is accused of pocketing $2,020 in the course of his duties.

Following an audit, Mr. Coffey was confronted about the thefts and fired on the morning of Dec. 21, Ms. Sturge said. He had been employed by the firm for about 18 months, she added. Mr. Coffey was arraigned before Canton Town Justice Christopher R. Curley and released under probationary supervision pending further proceedings.

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