Joseph Stanislawski of Northampton denies thefts from two thrift shops

Last modified: Wednesday, March 12, 2014
NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton man pleaded not guilty Thursday to two dozen charges connected to alleged break-ins and robberies at two area thrift stores and a storage unit at his apartment complex.

Joseph M. Stanislawski, 23, of 74 Barrett St., Apt. 304, is charged in Hampshire Superior Court with five counts each of nighttime felony breaking and entering, malicious destruction of property over $250 and larceny from a building; three counts each of possessing burglary tools and breaking into a depository; two counts of vandalizing property; and one count of daytime felony breaking and entering.

Judge C. Jeffrey Kinder released Stanislawski on the same $250 bail he posted previously in Northampton District Court, with conditions that he remain away from any thrift stores, avoid drugs and alcohol and submit to random screenings.

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According to First Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Steven Gagne, Stanislawski broke into the Goodwill store at 971 Bridge Road in the early morning hours of Oct. 6 and stole a safe from inside the building.

According to court files, Stanislawski got the safe back to his apartment complex, where several witnesses saw him unsuccessfully trying to drill his way into it.

He told police he had found the safe abandoned on a hill near Hampshire Heights, according to court records.

Gagne said Stanislawski is also alleged to have broken into the Salvation Army Thrift Store on Route 9 in Hadley four times in August and September, stealing two safes and causing a “wide array” of damage inside the building.

Stanislawski allegedly also broke into a storage locker at his apartment complex and removed a flat-screen television sometime between June and November, Gagne said.

Bob Dunn can be reached at bdunn@gazettenet.com.