One Holyoke man denies charges in Southampton car breaks, warrant issued for another suspect
NORTHAMPTON — One Holyoke man pleaded not guilty Tuesday to multiple charges involving a string of Southampton car breaks in April, while a warrant has been issued for another suspect.
Michael A. Rackliffe, 19, was arraigned in Northampton District Court to charges of possessing a class E drug (levothyroxine, a thyroid medication), receiving a stolen motor vehicle, larceny over $250, two counts of receiving stolen property under $250, three counts of vandalizing property, three counts of larceny under $250 and four counts of nighttime felony breaking and entering into a vehicle.
The second suspect, Jonathan Resto, 18, also of Holyoke, was scheduled to be arraigned on charges of possessing a class E drug (levothyroxine), vandalizing property, two counts of nighttime felony breaking and entering into a vehicle, two counts of larceny under $250 and two counts of receiving stolen property under $250.
Resto did not appear in court and a warrant will be issued for his arrest, according to the court clerk’s office.
According to court documents, about 5:15 a.m. on April 27, 2012, Southampton police spotted a car parked and running near the intersection of Strong Road and Brickyard Road Extension.
Police said Resto was in the passenger seat and told officers that the driver, Rackliffe, had gone inside one of the nearby homes, but didn’t know which one and couldn’t say who lived there.
A search of Resto’s backpack recovered several items that had been reported stolen in Holyoke, and a check of the vehicle’s registration confirmed it had been stolen from South Hadley, police said.
With the assistance of a state police canine unit, officers searched the area and located Rackliffe and other stolen items.
Resto allegedly told police he acted as “lookout” while Rackliffe broke into about a half-dozen cars in the area.
Some of the items reported stolen included the levothyroxine pills, a 35mm camera, debit cards, vehicle owner’s manuals, work gloves and a cellphone, according to court records.
Police said that at least one of the vehicles had its windshield smashed and another had its stereo damaged.
Rackliffe was released on his own recognizance and is due back in court Feb. 12.
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