Two charged with burglarizing vacant Massena house; one held without bail, the other held on $10,000 cash
Monday, October 21, 2013 - 2:47 pm

MASSENA – Two Maple Street residents are facing felony charges after police say they broke into a vacant home on Clary Street on Sunday evening and stole various items.

James O. Upsure, 47, of 59 Maple Street Apt. 2 is charged with second-degree burglary, petit larceny, and unlawful possession of marijuana.

Luke D. Hehir, 22, of 59 Maple Street Apt. 1 is charged with second-degree burglary, possession of burglar tools, and petit larceny.

Police allege that in addition to the break-in and theft, Hehir possessed a flashlight and two screwdrivers allegedly used to aid the crime. They also claim Upsure possessed two smoking devices and a small amount of marijuana.

Upsure and Hehir were arraigned before Justice Gerald Sharlow and remanded to the St. Lawrence County Correctional Facility, Canton with orders to re-appear on Oct. 23 at 10 a.m.

Upsure is being held on no bail in light of having been convicted of prior felonies. He has been arrested 11 times, including five felony charges.

Hehir is being held in lieu of $10,000 bail or $20,000 bond.

They could face a maximum sentence of 15 years in prison, if convicted.

Hehir admitted in a statement to police that he entered the vacant house and stole two speakers, a subwoofer, and several loose shower curtain rings. Upsure did not make a statement; police say he took kitchen silverware and a single Remington 7-millimeter magnum bullet.

The house is owned by Kurt Breitback and he rents it on land contract to Joseph A. Woodall, who is not currently staying there but still making payments on it.