WATERTOWN - Police said a Canton man pinched for failing to pay for $313 in merchandise at Hannaford here on Saturday has also stolen more than $2,000 worth of flea medication from the grocery chains stores in Plattsburgh and Saratoga.

State police arrested Brian D. Laprade, 30, after loss prevention at the Arsenal Street Hannaford caught him leaving with merchandise he did not pay for. Police did not detail what was allegedly stolen from the Watertown store, but said he is also accused of stealing boxes of flea medication from the other grocery stores. The flea medication theft totaled $2,359, police said.

He is charged with first-degree scheme to defraud, a class ā€œEā€ felony, and Petit Larceny, a class ā€œAā€ misdemeanor.

Johnson Newspapers 7.1

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