Second Girl Scout theft guilty plea

Thursday, March 17, 2016

NORTHAMPTON —  A Deerfield man pleaded guilty in Hampshire Superior Court Wednesday to stealing from a Girl Scouts cookie sale at Wal-Mart three years ago. 

Cassidy Michalski, 28, pleaded guilty to theft from a person, assault and battery with a deadly weapon and shoplifting. The first charge was downgraded from unarmed robbery in a plea deal, according to court records. 

Michalski was placed on three years probation, court records show. 

On Jan. 19, 2013, Nicholas Taverna, 25, of Greenfield approached a group of Girl Scouts selling cookies at Wal-Mart, 180 N. King St., and stole a cash box off the table before fleeing in a car driven by Michalski, Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jayme Parent  said in court Monday.

Police found the vehicle and arrested Taverna and Michalski soon after.

Parent on Monday said security at Wal-Mart told police that Taverna was seen on surveillance video taking cellphones from the store. The two men planned to exchange the cellphones for heroin, according to police.

The conditions of Michalski’s probation include refraining from drugs and alcohol, random drug testing, maintaining a job or education program, staying away from named victims and paying restitution.

Taverna on Monday pleaded guilty to the same three charges and also was placed on three years probation.