Egremont woman allegedly steals to pay for drugs


EGREMONT -- An Egremont woman is facing criminal charges for allegedly stealing from her family to purchase drugs with a friend, according to court documents.

Julie Doty, 37, and a friend, Eileen Fiore, of Pittsfield, met in a detoxification center and then moved in with Doty's father, Egremont Selectmen Bruce Turner, from June 2013 to late August 2013, according to a police report.

In late August, Turner approached Egremont police suspecting his daughter had stolen a gold necklace, several checks and a 12-gauge shotgun after he discovered a North Adams Walmart had cashed one of the checks with her signature.

Doty and Fiore allegedly cashed the check for $400 and then sold the gold necklace for several hundred dollars to purchase drugs, according to police reports.

The reports indicate that both Doty and Fiore had stolen a significant amount of gold jewelry from Turner's home that was then sold to a Pittsfield pawn shop. Records from the Pittsfield pawn shop show that the jewelry was sold for anywhere between $30 to more than $500 and melted down.

Egremont Police were unable to track Doty's whereabouts after the incident was reported because she had reportedly entered herself in a women's treatment center in September. Doty did not appear for her first arraignment on Nov. 19, but she turned herself in near the end of the year and said she had sought assistance for her drug addiction.

Doty, who has been charged with larceny and conspiracy to violate a drug law, was in Southern Berkshire District Court on Thursday for a pre-trial conference. The case was continued until Feb. 27.

Fiore is facing four charges that include larceny from building, conspiracy to violate drug law, disorderly conduct, and resisting arrest. She is due back in court on March 3.

Turner, a longtime selectmen who has served multiple stints on the Select Board, was most recently re-elected in 2013 and he has also served as the chairman of the Southern Berkshire Regional School Committee.


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