Deerfield man arrested after allegedly stealing police officer’s champagne

DEERFIELD — A Deerfield man faces a slew of charges after allegedly vandalizing a police officer’s pool and stealing his champagne.

When officer Brian Ravish returned to his Conway Street home Tuesday, he noticed that his pool’s filter had been thrown into the water, ruining its $500 pump, and a bottle of champagne had been stolen from his garage fridge.

Ravish, who told other Deerfield officers that he gets along with most everyone in his neighborhood, had a single suspect in mind, a man who he had recently charged with breaking and entering into his next-door neighbor’s house.

Dylan Arietta, 21, of 34 Sugarloaf St., pleaded innocent to charges of malicious destruction of property over $250, two counts of breaking and entering in the night to commit a felony, two counts of larceny under $350, and one count each of retaliating against a witness and trespassing Wednesday in Greenfield District Court.

Another neighbor reported that someone had stolen four beers from his house Monday night as well. Erving officer Robert Holst and his partner, Badge the bloodhound, were called in to track down the suspect.

The trail led from Ravish’s pool into his garage to the suspect’s next-door neighbor’s and finally to the suspect’s door, according to Holst’s report.

Deerfield Police Chief John Paciorek Jr. spoke to Arietta’s father, who told them his son was highly intoxicated Monday, had wet his pants overnight and had trouble getting up, according to the chief’s report. Arietta’s father also told Paciorek that his son had broken into the house next door, owned by David White.

When he returned from an appointment Tuesday afternoon to find officers waiting for him, Arietta admitted his misdeeds and was arrested, according to a report by officer Gary Sibilia.

Arietta told Sibilia that he had bought a six-pack of beer and two Fireball whiskey nips, drank those, and went to the house next door, where he took four beers left in a six pack, according to Sibilia’s report.

After stealing White’s beer, Arietta said, he went to Ravish’s house looking for more alcohol, stole his champagne, then threw his pool filter into the pool before going home and “passing out,” Sibilia wrote.

Arietta was released on personal recognizance, and scheduled to return to court July 31 for a pretrial conference. Conditions of his release include staying away from, and having no contact with, the victims and their families.

You can reach David Rainville at: or 413-772-0261, ext. 279 On Twitter, follow @RecorderRain

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