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Sweatshirt leads police to robbery suspect Tyler Barcomb, now being held on $20,000 bail

Tyler Barcomb, 26, of 149 Main St., pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Northampton District Court to charges of unarmed robbery and malicious destruction over $250.

Barcomb is accused of entering the Subway restaurant on King Street in Northampton, asking the clerk for change for a dollar and grabbing about $300 from the drawer and destroying two counter displays, valued at about $700, before fleeing.

Video surveillance shows a man dressed in a hooded sweatshirt with thick green horizontal stripes committing the robbery.

According to police, after photos of the robbery suspect were circulated, they were notified on Monday that a sweatshirt matching the one Barcomb was allegedly wearing was found at the Interfaith Shelter on Center Street.

According to court records, Barcomb allegedly gave the sweatshirt to a man staying at the shelter he had recently met and asked him to “get rid of it.”

The witness told police that Barcomb said he had beat someone up who owed him money as an explanation why his hand was injured and he had suddenly had cash on him.

Court records indicate the witness bleached the sweatshirt and discarded it in the shelter’s bathroom, where it was later found by staff and thrown out in a nearby Dumpster.

The witness allegedly first told police he had found the shirt on a side street and had bleached it in an attempt to make it clean enough to wear, before changing his story, according to court files.

The witness allegedly told police he was fearful to give any information because Barcomb told him he’s a member of the Latin Kings street gang, has access to firearms, and recently beat an attempted murder charge in Franklin County, according to police reports.

A shelter employee found the sweatshirt on Monday, recognized it from photos of the robbery circulated to media and contacted police, according to court papers.

Barcomb is due to appear in court again Dec. 14 for a hearing to determine if a change in bail is warranted.

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