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Waterloo man admits stealing from family member

A local man who stole more than $2,500 from a family member pleaded guilty to a felony charge Tuesday in Seneca County Court.

Charles McNeil, 37, pleaded guilty to fourth-degree grand larceny. He will be sentenced May 17 to one year of interim probation and drug court.

Acting county Judge Daniel Doyle told McNeil if he is successful in drug court and doesn’t get in trouble over the next year, the felony charge could be reduced to a misdemeanor. McNeil would stay on probation and possibly continue drug court.

“You’ve got a lot on the line here, Mr. McNeil,” Doyle said, noting McNeil has a previous felony conviction.

McNeil and his wife, Dawne, were arrested in January on charges of grand larceny and identify theft. Police said they used another person’s debit card on numerous occasions to withdraw money without the person’s knowledge or permission.

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