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Charges added for T.F. burglary suspect

GREENFIELD — A Turners Falls man was arraigned on charges of two Turners Falls burglaries Monday following his arrest Friday.

Terrence L. Carter, 24, of 108 J St., Apt. 1, Turners Falls, initially faced charges stemming from the burglary of Scotty’s Convenience Store last week and now faces charges in the Shady Glen break-in as well, two of the four reported last week in Turners Falls.

Greenfield District Court Judge William Mazanec ordered bail set at $5,000 cash or $50,000 surety in both cases, and Carter was held without bail on a probation violation.

Carter was released on one year’s probation at the beginning of the month after pleading to sufficient facts on charges stemming from the August burglary of Roberto’s Pizzeria on Federal Street in Greenfield.

Carter turned himself in to Montague police on Friday, was arrested and 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 in the Dec. 17 Scotty’s burglary.

The new charges, breaking and entering in the nighttime to commit a felony, breaking into a depository, malicious destruction of property over $250 and larceny from a building, relate to the burglary of the Shady Glen restaurant on Avenue A, reported Friday morning.

Detective Brian Dobosz said at the time of Carter’s initial arrest there will likely be more charges filed against Carter, if police can tie him to the three other area break-ins reported that week, at the Shady Glen, Jarvis Pools and Spas on Unity Street Friday morning, and the 2nd Street Baking Co. on 4th Street Thursday morning.

Monday, Staff Sgt. Christopher Williams said police are still trying to tie Carter to the other cases.

According to the police reports filed in court, officer Leon Laster recognized Carter in security footage from the Scotty’s break-in, as did several anonymous tipsters after the owner’s son posted images from the video on a social networking site.

The suspect shown in the Shady Glen security footage was masked but Sgt. Christopher Lapointe initially suspected Carter because of his known traits, including left-handed use of a hammer and a pronounced limp, according to Lapointe’s report.

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

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