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Local man charged with burglary

GREENFIELD — Footprints in the snow led to a local man’s arrest Saturday morning following a series of burglaries and attempted break-ins, according to police.

Police arrested Spencer Jarvis, 28, of 7 Laurel St., charging him in connection with an alleged burglary at Baseball Treasures and an attempted break-in at the Valley Mart convenience store.

Police responded to the Valley Mart shop at 4 Mill St. for a 2:15 a.m. call reporting someone trying to break into cars, then saying it sounded as though someone was in the building.

Greenfield Police Sgt. Mark Williams said someone had attempted to pry open the door to the shop but was unsuccessful. Police then responded to a burglar alarm at Baseball Treasures, 355 Main St.

Williams said police think Jarvis broke into Baseball Treasures before attempting the Valley Mart.

Police allege Jarvis forced open the back door at Baseball Treasures, broke into the register and took cash.

In the same area, police found a padlock broken on the back door of the vacant First National Bank, Williams said.

“The officers at Valley Mart started following the footprints in the snow and following the footprints eventually came upon him, and when he saw the officers he started running,” Williams said.

Two state troopers assisting Greenfield Police chased Jarvis and caught him behind a residence in the Power Court and Power Square area.

Williams said Jarvis had on him a quantity of cash very similar to the amount reported missing from Baseball Treasures, his footprints matched those found near both stores and in the incomplete foundation on Chapman Street where he admitted to being earlier and his clothing was later found to be similar to that seen in surveillance footage from Valley Mart.

Jarvis had on him packets containing traces of a substance believed to be heroin and resisted arrest by lying on his arms when police tried to cuff him, according to Williams.

Police charged Jarvis with attempted breaking and entering and malicious and wanton destruction of property in relation to the Valley Mart incident, and malicious and wanton destruction, breaking and entering in the night to commit a felony, breaking into a depository, larceny from a building and malicious and wanton destruction in relation to the alleged Baseball Treasures burglary.

Additionally, Jarvis is charged with trespassing into the fenced cellar hole on Chapman Street, resisting arrest, possession of a Class A substance and malicious and wanton destruction of the bank lock and hasp.

Williams said Jarvis was on pre-trial release in a similar case.

Jarvis pleaded innocent to two charges of breaking and entering a building in the nighttime with the intent to commit a felony, one charge of possession of a burglarious instrument, five charges of vandalizing property and two charges of breaking into a depository in relation to the September break-in at the Greenfield Lodge of Elks building, 3-5 Church St.

Two other break-ins this weekend are under investigation and it is not known whether they are related, Williams said.

A break-in was discovered later Saturday morning at L Salon, 18 Miles St., where a window was removed and cash stolen, according to police.

Williams said police also responded to a burglar alarm at the CopyCat Print Shop, 180 Main St., Friday evening and discovered a break-in.

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

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