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Joseph Dziadek of South Hadley denies charges of theft with relatives’ debit cards

NORTHAMPTON — A South Hadley man has denied charges he stole a pair of debit cards from members of his family and withdrew a combined $1,800 from their accounts.

Joseph Dziadek, 26, of 18 Lloyd St., pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Hampshire Superior Court to two counts of larceny over $250 from a person over 60, one count of larceny under $250 from a person over 60 and two counts of credit card fraud over $250.

Assistant Northwestern District Attorney Jayme Parent said that Dziadek allegedly stole the cards in September from an 86-year-old family member.

She said one of the cards belonged to the 86-year-old and the other to an 81-year-old relative.

Dziadek allegedly used the cards five times to withdraw about $900 from each account, and each of those transactions was allegedly captured by surveillance cameras and corroborated through bank statements, according to court records.

Judge Daniel A. Ford ordered Dziadek held on $5,000 cash bail or $50,000 surety. If he posts bail, he must have no contact with the alleged victims, Ford said.

Dziadek is due to appear in court Dec. 13 for a pre-trial hearing.

— BOB DUNN

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