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Multiple burglaries lead to garbage man’s arrest

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The owner of a trash removal company is in jail after allegedly collecting more than a customer’s trash.

City police arrested Perry’s Trash Removal owner and operator Melvin H. Perry, 45, of 720 Jay Street, and charged him with two counts of second-degree burglary, both class C felonies, and two counts of fourth-degree grand larceny, both class E felonies.

Mr. Perry was arraigned in city court and remanded to St. Lawrence County jail, Canton, without bail due to a prior felony. He said he burglarized the homes for drug money.

The charges are a result of two separate incidents which police said Mr. Perry confessed to during an interview Monday night, prior to his arrest.

On June 26, police said Mr. Perry said he walked onto the enclosed front porch of Michael and Gloria McLear’s 1011 New York Ave. home, reached inside the unlocked front door and snatched Mrs. McLear’s wallet containing credit and debit cards. Moments later, court records stated, he met an apparently unsuspecting Mr. McLear in the driveway, handed him a recycling pamphlet and eventually threw the wallet in the Oswegatchie River.

Police said Mr. Perry also confessed that on July 22, he unlawfully entered the unlocked home of Betty Bice, 224 Harrison Ave, at about 11:30 p.m., taking money from the victim.

“She is 81,” Detective Sgt. Robert H. Wescott said. “She was confronted by a man and, due to fear and intimidation, handed over the money he asked for.”

Sgt. Wescott said Ms. Bice turned over $30, though the culprit allegedly requested $50.

Both victims are customers of Mr. Perry and Sgt. Wescott said it is believed they were targeted due to his familiarity with the homes, adding that these are not believed to be isolated incidents.

He will be back in court on Friday for a preliminary hearing.

Anyone concerned over any dealings they may have had with Mr. Perry can call police at 393-1551.

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