$5,000 bail for robbery suspect

GREENFIELD — The suspect in three of four recent convenience store armed robberies was assigned a $5,000 cash bail with home confinement Tuesday morning.

Dylan J. Wickline, 18, of 192 Brattleboro Road, Bernardston, is a suspect in robberies at Valley Mart on Mill Street and JC’s Market on Conway Street.

As of Thursday afternoon, Wickline’s bail had not been posted, according to district court clerks.

If released on bail, Wickline is ordered to home confinement at his mother’s house with GPS restrictions. A dangerousness hearing occurs when a prosecutor asks the judge to have a suspect held in custody without bail or with a high bail so the person cannot be released until the case is resolved.

A probable cause hearing is scheduled for Jan. 7 in Greenfield District Court.

Wickline was arrested last week after Valley Mart was robbed for the second time within a month. Wickline pleaded innocent to three charges of armed and masked robbery, and three charges of assault with a dangerous weapon, in Greenfield District Court.

Wickline’s attorney, Alexander Nappan, described him as a studious 2013 graduate of the Pioneer Valley Regional High School. The suspect had planned to join the Army until he got into a motor vehicle accident, which is one of two motor vehicle incidents on his record, Nappan said.

At the hearing, Wickline was accompanied by his mother and other relatives.

Nappan argued police don’t have strong enough evidence to detain his client. Nappan argued that a hooded sweatshirt and a pair of green tactical military-style gloves found in a car waiting outside Valley Mart did not belong to Wickline. The bandit in the second Valley Mart robbery was wearing that style clothing, police say.

Police said they observed a second potential suspect waiting in a car outside Valley Mart at the time of the second robbery last Thursday. Police found the car in Oak Courts, where they discovered the clothing in the car. Police arrested Wickline around midnight Thursday after he was discovered in the area, according to police.

According to court documents, on Nov. 12, at Valley Mart, a masked man threatened the store clerk with a handgun, and stole $100 and two packs of Marlboro cigarettes.

A robbery at JC’s Market occurred on Nov. 15, where a masked man with a handgun also took about $100 and the cash drawer.

On Nov. 19, the Cumberland Farms on Main Street was robbed at gunpoint by two masked men.

Though Wickline has not been charged in the Cumberland Farms robbery, he remains a suspect, police said.

You can reach Kathleen McKiernan at: kmckiernan@recorder.com or 413-772-0261 ext. 268.

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