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Alleged Walmart electronics thieves remain in custody


MASSENA - A Plattsburgh-area trio charged with stealing tens of thousands of dollars worth of electronics from Walmart stores in Massena, Potsdam and Malone remain in custody following appearances this past week in Massena Village Court.

Travynn L. Ippolito, 26, who reportedly moved to Plattsburgh from Washington state in November; Nina N. Duprey, 35, and Brandy D. Young, 35, both of 5 Twin Circle, Plattsburgh, were charged with third-degree grand larceny and fifth-degree conspiracy charges stemming from the theft of approximately $10,000 worth of electronics on Jan. 27 from the Massena Walmart store.

Massena Village Justice Eric J. Gustafson released Duprey under the supervision of the probation department but she was not released from custody. She was transported to Malone, charged with third-degree grand larceny stemming from the theft of electronics from the Malone Walmart. She remains incarcerated at the Franklin County Jail.

Ippolito had his case waived up to superior court for possible grand jury action. Mr. Gustafson continued his bail at $5,000 cash or $10,000 bond.

Young was also sent back to the county jail on no bail.

The local justice is unable to set bail on Young because she has two or more felony convictions.

The Department of Corrections and Community Services website said Young was sentenced to one to three years in state prison in September 2004 for a fifth-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance conviction and was sentenced to 54 months in state prison in August 2009 for a third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance conviction. Both convictions were in Clinton County.

She was released under parole supervision on Oct. 13, 2011 and discharged from community supervision in October 2012.

Court documents said the trio stole 29 items, including Ipads, Ipad Minis and Ipad Shuffles from a locked cabinet at the Massena Walmart store on Jan. 27. The items were valued at $9,790.

A statement provided to police by an asset protection associate at Walmart said a review of the store’s security video showed a male approach the locked cabinet at 6:48 p.m. and begin to tamper with the lock.

The two women reportedly joined Ippolito at the cabinet at 6:57 p.m., according to the statement, and he reportedly began removing multiple Ipads and Ipod Shuffles from the cabinet, placing most of the items in a red trash can in a shopping cart and the remaining selections in the cart itself.

The Walmart associate said the trio then went to different areas of the store, reportedly hid the items inside their clothing and then walked out of the store at 7:11 p.m. and left the area in an older model Suburban with Washington plates.

That vehicle was stopped Jan. 31 on South Catherine Street in the city of Plattsburgh.

Ippolito reportedly moved to Plattsburgh from Washington state shortly before Thanksgiving.

The trio were also charged with stealing nearly $24,000 worth of electronics from the Potsdam Walmart store.

St. Lawrence County sheriff’s detectives and deputies charged Ippolito,Young and Duprey with two counts of conspiracy and two counts of third-degree grand larceny, following an investigation into a major shoplifting incident at the Potsdam Walmart store.

Deputies said the trio conspired and stole more than $24,000 in electronics on Jan. 23 and Jan. 27 from the Potsdam store.

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