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February 25, 2014

Plattsburgh man sentenced to prison for burglary

PLATTSBURGH — Christopher F. Rock has been sentenced to 10 years in prison for burglarizing five homes.

He will also serve five years, concurrently, for selling morphine.

The Plattsburgh man, 41, stole electronics, power tools, jewelry and other items from those residences between Oct. 15 and Dec. 10, 2012, according to a press release from the Clinton County District Attorney’s Office.

He had been indicted on 16 felony counts in connection with several burglaries in Clinton County, including five counts of second-degree burglary. 

Separately, Rock was indicted charges of third-degree criminal sale of a controlled substance and third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance, both felonies. 

He sold morphine on Oct. 16, 2012, in the City of Plattsburgh, the DA’s Office said.

He pleaded guilty to five counts of second-degree burglary on Dec. 2, 2013, in satisfaction of the burglary indictment.

And on Jan. 6, 2014, he pleaded guilty to third-degree attempted criminal sale of a controlled substance, a felony, for the narcotic indictment.

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A 15-year-old girl took an action that resulted in one burglary charge for Rock.

On Dec. 10, 2012, she was home alone in a residence on Joe Wood Road in the Town of Mooers when she heard a noise and saw someone in the house.

She called 911, and State Police arrived within seven minutes. They spotted Rock and Natasha M. Bibeau, then 32, running into the woods, according to authorities.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection Air and Marine Branch helicopter assisted in the search for the pair, as did the Clinton County Sheriff’s Department. Rock and Bibeau were taken into custody a few hours later in Chazy.

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Rock was also swept up in an investigation in September 2001 that led to marijuana fields growing along Route 190 in the Town of Altona.

He showed up on the property as others were being arrested on drug charges, and as he got out of the car, police said then, he had marijuana leaves on his clothing.

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