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Arrest made in Turners break-ins

TURNERS FALLS — Police have arrested a local man suspected of breaking into several businesses in the past week.

Terrence Carter, 24, of 108 J St., is being charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime to commit a felony, larceny over $250, malicious destruction of property over $250 and attempting to break into a depository.

The charges come from the Dec. 17 burglary of Scotty’s Convenience Store, at the intersection of High and Unity streets.

In that burglary, a window was broken, and cash was stolen from the store’s register, according to Montague Police Detective Brian Dobosz. He said the burglar also tried to break into the store’s ATM, but was unsuccessful.

Dobosz said there will likely be more charges filed against Carter, if police can tie him to three other area break-ins.

Early Friday morning, Montague police were called to the Shady Glen restaurant on Avenue A, and Jarvis Pools and Spas, also known as Apollo Pools, on Unity Street.

The thief broke into the diner by kicking in the door, and Apollo Pools was entered through a window broken by the thief.

At about 3 a.m. Thursday, the 2nd Street Baking Co., 4th Street, was broken into. Bakery employee Marianna Strong said the thief broke a dead bolt on the side door and took the cash drawer. The thief didn’t get away with much; Strong said the drawer only contained enough change to start the day with. Strong thanked customers for their support, saying quite a few had offered donations to help fix the damaged door.

Knowing he was a suspect in the break-ins, Carter turned himself in to police at about 11:30 Friday night, said Dobosz. But Dobosz said Carter kept his mouth shut about the crimes when questioned.

Carter was arrested in August on charges of breaking into Roberto’s Pizzeria and New Ink Well News in Greenfield.

“He was in jail for a while, and got out a short time ago,” said Dobosz. While Carter was locked up, said Dobosz, break-ins in town had ceased.

Carter was released Dec. 4 with credit for 30 days served after admitting to sufficient facts for resisting arrest, admitted to sufficient facts on a charge of breaking and entering in the nighttime and received a suspended sentence of one year in the house of corrections, with probation until Dec. 3, 2013, random testing for drugs and alcohol and counseling as directed. Carter also admitted to sufficient facts on charges of breaking into a depository, and larceny from a building, both continued without a finding for one year. Judge William Mazanec ordered Carter to pay $1,726 restitution to Roberto’s Pizzeria. A second charge of breaking and entering, possession of a burglarious instrument and two charges of destruction of property were dismissed at the request of the prosecution.

Dobosz said Carter will likely be charged in the Shady Glen burglary, and police continue to investigate the other break-ins, hoping to tie Carter to those as well.

Carter is being held in the Franklin County House of Corrections and expected to be arraigned in Greenfield District Court today.

David Rainville can be reached at:
or 413-772-0261, ext. 279

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