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Addiction in Franklin County

Armed robber sentenced to 18 months in county jail

GREENFIELD — A Northfield man, who robbed to feed a drug habit, has been sentenced to 18 months and probation after pleading guilty to two Greenfield robberies.

Nathan Rogers, 24, of 118 Main St., Northfield, was sentenced to county jail, followed by three years of probation, after he pleaded guilty to charges of armed robbery, unarmed robbery, and assault with a gun, in Franklin Superior Court Tuesday.

He was given credit for 314 days spent in custody since his March arrest. After his jail term, Rogers must remain drug and alcohol free, and may be placed in a halfway house if and when deemed necessary by probation.

Rogers admitted to the March 9 and 11 robberies of the Main Street Cumberland Farms, and a Hess gas station store on Federal Street.

Assistant District Attorney Carrie Russell detailed both robberies. She said Rogers walked into each store, took a white plastic bag from his pocket, and gestured at his waistband to imply that he had a weapon before demanding that the female clerks empty the cash drawers into his bag.

Rogers was arrested outside of Calls Corner Store on Conway Street the day after the March 11 robbery. Police said he had a mask, gloves and a pellet gun in his vehicle, and they believe he was planning to rob that store when he was apprehended.

The clerk from the Cumberland Farms robbery was at Calls Corner, when she saw a vehicle that she recognized from the night she was robbed, according to Detective Lt. Daniel McCarthy. The vehicle kept driving around the store slowly, parking nearby, and leaving when other cars arrived, said McCarthy.

Officers were sent to check it out, and found Rogers in his vehicle nearby, with the butt of his pellet gun sticking out from under the passenger seat.

MaCarthy said Rogers committed the robberies to feed his drug habits.

“He has substance abuse problems,” the lieutenant said. “Pills and heroin are his two substances of choice.”

Heroin and prescription painkillers have been blamed for addiction-fuelled robberies and burglaries across the county in recent years.

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