North Adams man allegedly smashed package store window, stole liquor

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NORTH ADAMS -- A Hall Street man is facing felony charges for allegedly smashing his way into the River Street Package Store early Sunday and stealing several bottles of liquor.

Jeffrey Patten, Sr., 30, was captured on the store’s surveillance system throwing a cement brick through its door and stealing bottles, according to a criminal complaint filed by North Adams Police Officer Brad Vivori, who discovered the broken glass while on a routine patrol at 3:10 a.m. Sunday.

Vivori then met with the store’s owner, Joseph Lora, and reviewed the security footage.

The cameras showed the suspect -- which Vivori identified as Patten based on several prior encounters -- throwing a brick through the glass, kicking in the door, and grabbing several bottles of liquor.

Cameras inside the store show a clear picture of the suspect, who has a shaved head and neck tattoos, according to Vivori.

Patten admitted to stealing six or seven bottles of vodka, saying he was drunk at the time and pressured to steal liquor by a friend, police said.

He pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday on charges of breaking and entering in the nighttime for a felony, malicious destruction of property over $250, and larceny over $250.

Patten, who was released on personal recognizance, is being represented by attorney Joseph Zlatnik. The case was continued to Sept. 15, 2014, for a pretrial conference.


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