Winchendon man charged in Southampton gas tank incident


Staff Writer
Published: 11/16/2021 5:10:26 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A Winchendon man who allegedly tampered with a vehicle’s gas tank in a Southampton parking lot Sunday afternoon could be prohibited from entering Hampshire County, and required to wear an electronic monitoring bracelet if he makes bail.

Alexander Yee, 37, was arrested at his home at 4:45 p.m. Monday by Southampton Police on charges of malicious damage to a motor vehicle and breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony. Yee pleaded not guilty to the charges in Northampton District Court Tuesday.

His arrest came a day after Southampton officers responded to the Big Y Supermarket parking lot, 10 College Highway, for a report of a person putting something into a gas tank.

Yee was identified as the suspect based on information supplied to management at the grocery store by a passer-by.

Northwestern First Assistant District Attorney Steven Gagne proposed that Yee’s bail be set at $10,000 cash and that if Yee posts bail, he be equipped with an electronic monitoring bracelet and stay out of all Hampshire County towns.

Laurie Loisel, a spokeswoman for the DA’s office, said she couldn’t elaborate on the reasoning behind those requests.

“We are not at liberty to comment further,” Loisel said.

Defense Attorney Robert LaFlamme did not object to the bail or conditions. District Court Judge Jennifer Tyne set the bail, and continued the case for a pretrial conference on Dec. 14.

In a statement issued by Southampton Police, the department noted that it “is continuing to examine if any underlying motives exist with Mr. Yee’s conduct relative to this incident and possible similar incidents in other communities.”

Other news media outlets have reported that Hadley Police this week issued a warning about a man possibly tampering with gas tanks, pouring water into them, especially on vehicles driven by female drivers.


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