Northfield man facing felony charges

Accused of burglarizing Northfield Food Mart

GREENFIELD — The man accused of the Saturday night burglary of the Northfield Food Mart was in jail Monday following his arraignment.

Jonathan F. Nadeau, 19, of Northfield, pleaded innocent in Greenfield District Court on charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime to commit a felony, larceny over $250, malicious destruction of property valued at less than $250, and three counts of drug possession. All are felony charges but the malicious destruction, a misdemeanor.

The class B, E and C possession charges stem from a variety of prescription pills found in Nadeau’s pockets following his arrest, according to acting Chief Robert Leighton’s report. A substance believed to be marijuana resulted in a civil fine.

Leighton arrived at the store at about 8:25 a.m., watched surveillance video of the break-in, observed a distinctive sneaker print in the dirt of the cellar floor, according to his report. Later, in front of the store, Leighton noticed Nadeau walking toward him down Main Street, approached him, spoke to him and asked to see his shoe sole.

On the strength of the tread and surveillance video, Leighton asked Nadeau to come to the station, which he agreed to do. Following the interview, Nadeau was arrested and confessed and led Leighton to the stolen cash box after being told police were searching his grandmother’s apartment, where he sleeps.

The box was not locked and contained $1,072 in cash and change. Nadeau said he could not figure out how to open it, according to the report.

Judge William Mazanec set bail at $500 cash or $5,000 bond. Nadeau is due back in court April 22 for a pretrial conference.

You can reach Chris Curtis at:
or 413-772-0261, ext. 257

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