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Police: Woman’s heroin habit drove her to steal

GREENFIELD — Police say a local woman told them she stole to support her heroin habit after her arrest in connection with several car break-ins.

Amanda Richmond, 25, of Deerfield St., was arrested on three counts of breaking into a vehicle in the daytime to commit a felony, three counts of larceny under $250, two counts of intimidation of a witness, larceny of a credit card and improper use of a credit card.

Her arrest came after an employee at Friendly’s saw her going through his manager’s vehicle just before 6 p.m. Tuesday, according to a release by Greenfield police. When the manager came out and asked what she was doing, she replied “none of your business,” got into a car, and drove away, according to police.

The manager wrote down her license plate number, and called the authorities, then looked in his vehicle and saw that his iPod was missing, according to the release.

An investigation led police to Richmond, who initially denied her involvement.

Later, she admitted to the break-in and others, told police she did it to fund her heroin habit, and returned the iPod, according to police.

Another vehicle at Big Y was also broken into, and a credit card stolen, which was later used at the Hess gas station. When police told Richmond they would be reviewing the gas station’s surveillance tapes, she told them she took the card and used it to buy a carton of Camel cigarettes, according to police. She then sold the cigarettes for $50, police said, and used the money to buy heroin.

She gave police information that allowed them to find the card, and then admitted to car break-ins in Deerfield and Guilford, Vt., on Monday, also to finance her heroin habit, according to police.

Greenfield Police urge residents to lock their vehicle doors, whether it’s day or night, as thieves will often look for unlocked cars from which to steal.

“If you simply lock your doors, most criminals will walk right on by and find an easier victim.”

If you have been the victim of a break-in, or see something suspicious, you may call Greenfield police at 413-773-5411.

(Editor's note: Some information in this story has changed from an earlier edition)

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