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3 arrested and charged in Northfield Food Mart robbery

  • A total of $909.50 was allegedly stolen from the Northfield Food Mart, at 74 Main St., earlier this month. Three has been charged. Recorder File Photo/SHELBY ASHLINE



Recorder Staff
Sunday, February 25, 2018

NORTHFIELD — Three men have been arrested in alleged connection to a breaking and entering and robbery at the Northfield Food Mart at 76 Main St.

Michael Boyer, Eric Boyer and Timothy Calkins were arrested Thursday, Feb. 22, for allegedly committing the Feb. 12 offense, according to Northfield Police Chief Robert Leighton.

They are being held at the Franklin County House of Correction on $5,000 bail.

“We collected evidence from the scene, which included shoe impressions,” Leighton said.

According to Leighton’s narrative in the Feb. 22 warrant for Michael Boyer, 28, of Northfield, the Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services also assisted in the investigation.

Leighton was called to the Northfield Food Mart on the morning of Feb. 12, where he was told by an employee that the register money was missing. A total of $909.50 was determined to be allegedly stolen from the store at the end of the investigation, according to the document.

In investigating the scene, Leighton observed that a door in the basement of the two-story building, which also contains apartments, that leads into an area beneath the business had been forced open. According to the document, another door had a lock that was not functioning properly, allowing entry into the basement without a key.

The business owner also showed Leighton that the door of the ATM in the business appeared to have been pried open, but that the ATM compartment holding money had not been accessed.

In viewing store surveillance footage, Leighton observed three subjects entering the business shortly before 1 a.m. on Feb. 12, after the store had been closed, from the business office area, which is connected to the basement.

“The three subjects appeared to be adult males. They were dressed in dark clothing and were wearing hoodies,” Leighton wrote. “Each subject appeared to be wearing gloves and a mask covering their face.

“The three subjects were observed to be on their hands and knees as they moved through the store. One of the subjects appeared to have a tool in his hand as he was crawling.”

According to Leighton’s analysis of the surveillance footage, it appeared the subjects were in the building for over 30 minutes.

Massachusetts State Police Trooper Laura Carey, assisting in the investigation, located shoe sole impressions from three different seemingly-adult footwear, according to the document. Carey documented each of the impressions.

It was also later discovered that the connections to the telephone, internet and computer in the store’s office area had been disconnected, apparently in an attempt to disrupt surveillance or alarm systems, Leighton wrote.

Multiple surveillance cameras accessed by police showed three men identified as Michael Boyer, Eric Boyer and Calkins in the store before it was closed, shortly after 10:30 p.m. on Feb. 11, according to the document. The store owner stated they bought grocery items and lottery tickets, and were in the store for about 10 minutes.

Based on evidence collected at the scene, evidence submitted by witnesses and surveillance footage, those three men are now thought to be the same three men who allegedly broke into the store a few hours later, allegedly robbing money used for the store’s operations, according to Leighton. They were arrested at a Main Street location.

The investigation was a joint effort by the Northfield Police Department, Gill and Warwick police, as well as the Massachusetts State Police Detective Unit of the Northwest District Attorney’s Office.

The charges in connection to the event are larceny over $250 by a single scheme, breaking and entering a building at night for a felony and malicious destruction of property valued at more than $250. All three charges are felonies.

David McLellan can be reached at
dmclellan@recorder.com
or 413-772-0261, ext. 268.