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Auto thief rewarded with probation

LOCKPORT – David Mount Pleasant, a Tuscarora Indian Reservation man who, according to a prosecutor, was involved in an auto stripping operation with two other men, was placed on five years’ probation Friday as a reward for putting himself through drug treatment.

Mount Pleasant, 29, of Mount Hope Road, had pleaded guilty to third-degree auto stripping, fourth-degree criminal possession of stolen property and illegal possession of a vehicle identification number. He must pay $2,500 restitution to the owner of a stolen snowmobile.

“I didn’t think there was a chance in hell he’d ever rehabilitate himself,” Assistant District Attorney Heather A. DeCastro told Niagara County Judge Sara Sheldon Farkas.

“At first, it was hard, because I didn’t want to do it,” Mount Pleasant said.

DeCastro said the auto theft front on the reservation has been “fairly quiet” since she prosecuted Mount Pleasant and two other men. Chadd G. White, 30, of Ashland Avenue, Niagara Falls, pleaded guilty to a felony and was assigned to court-supervised drug treatment; James Higgins, 30, of Upper Mountain Road, pleaded guilty to a misdemeanor in Lewiston Town Court.