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Northfield man charged in Greenfield break-in

GREENFIELD — Police arrested a Northfield man after he allegedly forced the door to a Country Club Road residence looking for a friend.

Tracey Brayden Range, 20, of 553 Gulf Road, Northfield, was arraigned Monday in Greenfield District Court on charges of armed burglary, assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, trespassing, and malicious destruction of property valued under $250.

Greenfield Police Sgt. Mark Williams said Range was not armed, but under statute, breaking and entering in the night to commit a felony combined with either assault or possession of a weapon is legally considered armed burglary.

Police were called to the address at 11:04 p.m. Sunday.

Williams said Range injured the homeowner, who was trying to block entry, while forcing the door open.

Williams said the injury was not serious and the door constituted the dangerous weapon cited in the assault charge.

The malicious destruction charge stems from a broken door latch.

Range told officers he was looking to check on the welfare of a female friend of his at the residence but declined to specify his concern, according to Williams.

The district court judge set bail at $1,000 with the conditions that Williams have no contact with the alleged victim and stay away from his address.

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