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Massena woman headed to jail for 30 days for Walmart caper

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MASSENA - A 29-year-old Massena woman who admitted she and her cousin had worked out a plan to shoplift several items from the Walmart store has been sentenced to serve 30 days in the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson also ordered Carrie L. Dusharm of 235 Center St., Apt. 2, Massena, to pay a $125 surcharge and placed her under a one-year conditional discharge for her fifth-degree attempted criminal possession of stolen property conviction. She had been charged with allowing her cousin, Rebecca L. Dennis, 30, also of 235 Center St., Apt. 2, Massena, to place four pairs of footwear that she knew had been shoplifted from Walmart into the back seat of her truck at 3:42 p.m. April 8.

Massena Village Police had charged Dusharm and Dennis with fifth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and sixth-degree conspiracy at 4:04 p.m. April 8 following an investigation into an alleged shoplifting incident at Walmart.

The two women reportedly went to the store earlier in the week and identified footwear, clothing, underwear and lip gloss as possible shoplifting targets before Dennis went into the store on April 8 and shoplifted several items, including footwear, a hoodie and children’s clothing.

Dusharm asked the judge not to sentence her to jail, pointing out she now had a job and hadn’t been in trouble for four years prior to her latest arrest. Her attorney, St. Lawrence County Assistant Public Defender Alison Appleby, urged the court to consider sentencing her client to weekends if he felt incarceration was the appropriate sentence.

Judge Gustafson noted Dusharm had a lengthy criminal history before handing down the jail term. He directed Dusharm to report to the county jail at 5 p.m. Friday to begin serving her sentence. “The weekend thing doesn’t work out for a lot of people. Take your medicine and be done with it,” he said.

Dennis was previously fined $200 and a $125 surcharge and placed under a one-year conditional discharge with a stipulation she commit no further offenses after having conspiracy and stolen property counts reduced to a disorderly conduct violation for her role in the incident.

In other recent court action before Judge Gustafson:

■ Mario Willoby, 44, of 90 East Hatfield St., Apt. 12, Massena, pleaded guilty to attempted petit larceny. The court directed the probation department to conduct a pre-sentence investigation and set sentencing for Oct. 27.

Village police charged Willoby with petit larceny April 26. Willoby, an employee at Walgreen’s at the time, reportedly stole 100 Tylenol with codeine tablets, valued at $160, from the pharmacy. He told police he had taken the pills when he was working as a pharmacy tech at the store between March 15 and April 21. “I took some pain medication for myself, never more than five pills a shift. I know this was wrong, however, I don’t have any insurance and can’t afford to go to a doctor,” he said in the statement he signed for police.

■ Carmen L. Tarbell, 49, of 268 Pitt St., Cornwall, Ont., was fined $25 and a $125 surcharge after a petit larceny count was reduced to disorderly conduct.

Village police had charged Tarbell with petit larceny at 11:07 a.m. May 4 following an alleged shoplifting incident at Walmart. She reportedly walked past the last point of sale without paying for $53.99 worth of merchandise, including sandals and hair dye she had placed in her tote bag.

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