Bail reduction denied for suspect in Pittsfield robbery
PITTSFIELD >> The woman believed to be responsible for a recent city robbery will remain held on $500 bail after losing a bid in Berkshire Superior Court to have it reduced.
Ivy Rogers, 30, pleaded not guilty to one count of larceny from a person in Central Berkshire District Court Wednesday in connection with the Dec. 10 robbery of Zuke's Soups on West Street.
On Thursday, Roger's attorney, Shannon Plumb, asked Judge Daniel Ford to consider releasing her client on personal recognizance, noting she has ties to the area and has no record of defaulting on court appearances.
Plumb acknowledged the bail set in the lower court may not seem excessive to some people, but it's "extremely excessive," in her client's case.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano asked Ford to consider raising Roger's bail to the same $2,500, which was requested by the state at her arraignment Wednesday.
Yorlano said the state's concern was that Rogers already has open charges in Chicopee as well as ties to that area and, considering the possibility her case may be moved into Superior Court, she presents a flight risk.
Ford did not raise Roger's bail, but denied her petition to have it lowered after hearing both arguments and consulting with the Probation Department.
According to a probable cause statement included in court files, Rogers entered Zuke's around 5 p.m. Dec. 10 and asked for money from the register.
The clerk attempted to give Rogers the money from the lottery till, but Rogers demanded cash from the shop's register instead and asked for denominations of only $10 and $20.
She fled the store with $490 in cash, according to police.
Rogers is due back in court on Jan. 14 for a pre-trial hearing.
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