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One sentenced, two arraigned in break-ins

Homeless man gets 3 years in state prison

GREENFIELD — An area man who admitted to multiple break-ins will be spending the next three years in state prison.

Meanwhile, two alleged accomplices await trial.

Michael Boyer, 23, listed as homeless, pleaded guilty to 11 charges related to break-ins that occurred July 11 in Montague and Sunderland. He also pleaded guilty to eight charges related to February break-ins in Greenfield.

He received a sentence of three years to three years and one day in the state prison in Walpole on the Greenfield charges. He will serve a concurrent 18-month to two-year state prison sentence on the Montague and Sunderland charges, with four years of supervised probation after his release.

Boyer’s Greenfield charges included two counts of breaking and entering during the night for a felony, five counts of breaking into a depository and larceny over $250. The charges stemmed from the burglary of Swift Cleaners, in which Boyer attempted to break into a cash machine and successfully broke into soda machine cash boxes, and a break-in at Calls Corner Store, in which Boyer took money from the register and a locked filing cabinet.

Boyer was charged alone in those burglaries, but allegedly had help in the Sunderland and Montague break-ins.

In those events, Boyer pleaded guilty to two felony counts of breaking and entering during the night, two counts of larceny from a building, three counts of vandalism, two counts of attempting to commit a crime and one count of conspiracy to commit a crime.

His alleged co-conspirators were arraigned Wednesday in Franklin Superior Court.

Patrick Boyer, 26, of Westwood Drive, Greenfield, and Sean Rattigan, 19, of Coolidge Avenue, Turners Falls, have each been indicted on charges identical to Michael Boyer’s in the Sunderland and Montague break-ins, as well as a charge of carrying a burglarious instrument.

The three men were accused of breaking into area businesses by removing the buildings’ electrical meters in an attempt to disable cameras and alarms before forcing their way in. The three were found in Millers Falls after Detective Lee Laster decided to check on a car left on the side of the road.

Inside that car, wrote Laster in his report, were rolls of change that were reported missing from a Sunderland break-in.

The case involves break-ins at Sirum Equipment and Rau’s Service Station in Montague, and Annie’s Garden and Gift Store, Jenks Repair and the Sugarloaf Frostee in Sunderland.

Rattigan and Patrick Boyer pleaded innocent to all charges. They are due to return to court Dec. 20.

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

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