Joseph Stanislawski of Northampton charged in connection with theft of safe from Goodwill store
NORTHAMPTON — A 22-year-old Northampton man was apparently unable to crack open the safe he’s accused of stealing and now faces several charges in connection with that crime.
Joseph M. Stanislawski, of 74 Barrett St., pleaded not guilty in Northampton District Court Wednesday to charges of nighttime felony breaking and entering, receiving stolen property in excess of $250, breaking into a depository and larceny from a building.
He was ordered held on $250 bail by Judge W. Michael Goggins.
According to court records, police were notified Sunday that a safe containing an undisclosed amount of cash had been stolen from the Goodwill store at 971 Bridge Road.
Surveillance video shows the rear window of the store being broken about 2:55 that morning.
About an hour later on the video, an arm can be seen reaching through the broken window and opening the door.
About 45 minutes after that, a man can be seen entering the building and the office area before shutting off the lights about 5:28 a.m. causing the video surveillance to go dark, according to court records.
On Tuesday morning, police were notified that Stanislawski was seen in the shared storage area of his apartment building attempting to drill into a safe matching the description of the one that was reported stolen from Goodwill.
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.
Stanislawski was identified by witnesses through a photo array as the man they saw trying to break into the safe.
Stanislawski allegedly told witnesses he had lost the key to the safe, according to court files.
Police said Stanislawski told them he’d found the safe abandoned on a hill near Hampshire Heights and pushed it home on a cart he found and later abandoned in a wooded area off Barrett Street.
A cart was found in that area by police and identified as property of the Goodwill store, according to court records.
Stanislawski also told a different witness that the safe had been given to him, according to court records.
Stanislawski allegedly knew the location of the safe in the Goodwill building after having been interviewed there for a job several months earlier, a witness told police.
Stanislawski is due back in court Nov. 15 for a pre-trial hearing.
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