Homeless man held on $10K bail in alleged watch thefts

  • Orlando Wright, 45, appears in Hampshire Superior Court on Monday, April 1, 2019.  STAFF PHOTO/BERA DUNAU

Staff Writer
Published: 4/1/2019 5:13:37 PM

Correction: An earlier version of this story misspelled Judge Mark Mason’s name.

NORTHAMPTON – A homeless man accused of stealing thousands of dollars in watches from a downtown jeweler over the weekend was arraigned Monday in Northampton District Court and ordered held on $10,000 bail.

Orlando Wright, 45, pleaded not guilty to charges of larceny over $1,200, malicious destruction of property over $1,200 and breaking and entering in the daytime with the intent to commit a felony.

Police allege Wright smashed a storefront window of Hannoush Jewelers at 227 Main St. Sunday morning and stole watches from the display case. A watch, valued at around $800, was found on the ground outside the smashed window, while Wright was allegedly found with four watches on him when he was arrested about an hour later on Conz Street. The watches in his possession were valued at approximately $2,400, according to prosecutors.

Two other watches, valued at a total of around $2,200, were allegedly stolen and have not yet been recovered.

Prosecutors requested that Wright be held on $10,000 cash bail, noting that he has a lengthy criminal history and has served time in state prison. His defense attorney, Jon Heyman, had requested $1,500 bail.

“He has a history of violating his probation,” said Assistant District Attorney Andrew Covington.

Judge Maureen Walsh granted the prosecution’s request and set bail at $10,000.

Wright also was arraigned Monday in Hampshire Superior Court for violating his probation. Judge Mark Mason ordered that he be held on $1,500 cash bail, which prosecutors requested. Heyman asked that Wright be released on personal recognizance in superior court.

Heyman noted in both courts that Wright is a student at Holyoke Community College in good standing, and that holding him could impact his ability to receive financial aid in the future. He also said that Wright has the ability to stay with the mother of his adult daughter in Belchertown and that he has been going to ServiceNet weekly. He said that Wright’s goal is to apply to get into the Hairston House in Northampton, a substance abuse treatment center.

Bera Dunau can be   reached at bdunau@gazettenet.com.




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