Dalton man pleads not guilty to thefts from two convenience stores this month

Friday December 21, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A Dalton man who is facing felony charges for the alleged theft of money from two convenience stores earlier this month is being held on $300,000 bond following his arraignment on Friday in Berkshire Superior Court.

Mahadi Shadi Thompson, 31, of High Street, pleaded not guilty to two counts of felony larceny from a person before Judge Daniel A. Ford.

Police say Thompson stole money from the register at O'Connell's Convenience Plus on Tyler Street at about 2:40 a.m. Dec. 10 and then did the same thing two hours later at the 7-Eleven on Columbia Street in Adams.

Thompson allegedly grabbed cash out of the register while the cashier's back was turned at the Convenience Plus, netting $60 and made off with nearly $600 pulled from the register at the 7- Eleven.

Thompson admitted to police he was the person who stole from the stores and that he was addicted to crack cocaine, according to the prosecutor.

On Friday, Ford ordered Thompson held at the Berkshire County House of Correction on $30,000 cash or $300,000 bail bond.

The bail amount was agreed to by Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Mary-Elizabeth Mack and Thompson's lawyer, Thomas J. Donohue Jr.

Thompson will be back in court in April for a hearing.

The alleged crimes were jointly investigated by the Pittsfield and Adams police with the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police.

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