28 charges for couple in shopping spree with stolen credit card
PITTSFIELD -- A local couple police say went on a shopping spree with a stolen credit card and were later caught with the help of Facebook have pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court to more than a dozen crimes apiece.
Joshua M. Lofink, 28, with both Pittsfield and Dalton addresses listed in court papers, and his girlfriend, Krystal Matyasovsky, 24, of Orchard Street in Dalton, are facing 28 charges, 12 of which are felonies, for allegedly stealing a credit card from an 18-year-old woman at Jiminy Peak Mountain Resort where Matyasovsky was employed and racking up more than $1,100 in charges.
Pittsfield Police Officer Shaun Osborn, who investigated the case, posted photographs of the couple on the Pittsfield Police Department's Facebook page and allegedly received information identifying them. They were later further positively identified as the perpetrators, according to police.
The couple allegedly purchased gift cards and phone cards, gum, drinks and gas at Walmart and several gas stations in Pittsfield on Feb. 6-7.
According to a police probable cause report, purchasing gift and phone cards with stolen credit cards is a common practice among drug users in order to trade the cards for illegal drugs.
On Friday, Lofink, already being held on $1,500 bail on charges of motor vehicle theft and resisting arrest, was arraigned on multiple counts of larceny, uttering a false check, credit card fraud and identity fraud before Judge Fredric D. Rutberg and was given an additional $1,000 in bail. He has denied the charges. He is represented by attorney Julia G. Allan.
Lofink has an out of state record, including charges of being a fugitive from justice, according to prosecutors.
Matyasovsky was arraigned Thursday on the same charges and was additionally charged in a separate case involving thefts from members of Retro Fitness on Merrill Road.
On Feb. 19, a 30-year-old man reported his Honda Pilot had been stolen from the fitness center and that his keys had been taken from a board at the gym provided for that purpose.
The car was allegedly found parked at the Wahconah Country Club in Dalton the next day with the keys inside, but the man's wallet was missing.
On Feb. 24, police say they found Lofink looking into cars at the 99 Restaurant parking lot with a set of keys that had a Retro Fitness tag attached. He said he discover them on the ground, according to a report. The clerk at the fitness center allegedly told police he had given a woman a tour of the facilities before the keys went missing. She entered her name in the guest book as "Krystal M.," said police.
Pittsfield Police Detective Thomas Dawley investigated the case and allegedly determined that Matyasovsky had used a credit card stolen from the Honda Pilot totaling just over $423.
In that case she was charged with six felonies, including multiple counts of forgery of a document and uttering a false check and a single count of larceny over $250 and pleaded not guilty to the charges.
Berkshire District Attorney's Office asked for $2,500 in bail for each case. Her attorney, Joshua C. Hochberg, asked for his client to be released on personal recognizance.
Judge Bethzaida Sanabria-Vega released her on $1,000 personal surety, meaning if Matyasovsky fails to appear in court she will be held on that amount of bail.
Police say the investigation into the Retro Fitness case is ongoing.
"They are suspects in other larceny cases as well as possible breaking and entering cases," according to a probable cause report.
The couple is scheduled to be back in court in April.
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