Joseph Stanislawski, suspect in recent theft of safe, arrested Sunday on new charges
NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton man facing charges in connection with the theft of a safe from a local Goodwill store was arrested Sunday on new assault and drug possession charges.
Joseph Stanislawski, 22, of 74 Barrett St., Apt. 304, was arrested at 3:36 p.m. on North King Street on charges of trespassing, disorderly conduct, assault and battery on a police officer, resisting arrest and two counts of possessing a Class E drug (prescription medications), according to police.
He is being held without bail pending arraignment on those charges Tuesday in Northampton District Court, police said.
According to police, officers were called to Wal-Mart on North King Street on Sunday to remove Stanislawski, who previously had been issued a no-trespassing order from the store.
Police stopped Stanislawski’s vehicle outside the store. When told he was being placed under arrest for trespassing, he allegedly ran and struggled with officers while being placed in custody, police said.
Police said Stanislawski continued to struggle with police after being pepper-sprayed during the arrest.
During booking, Stanislawski was found to be in possession of two medications for which he did not have prescriptions, according to police.
On Wednesday, Stanislawski pleaded not guilty to charges of nighttime felony breaking and entering, receiving stolen property over $250, breaking into a depository and larceny from a building in connection with the safe theft. He was released on $250 bail.
Stanislawski is accused of breaking into the Goodwill building at 971 Bridge Road and removing a 200-pound safe.
According to police, witnesses later saw Stanislawski in the common storage area of his apartment building attempting to drill into a safe matching the description of the one stolen.
A staff member of the Goodwill store was called by police to identify the safe and asked to open it using the store’s combination, which he did, according to police.
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