North Adams man pleads not guilty in theft of baby formula
PITTSFIELD -- An admitted drug addict accused of stealing thousands of dollars worth of baby formula is being held on $1,000 bail after pleading not guilty to felony larceny charges.
Timothy M. Conn, 28, of North Adams, was allegedly caught on tape stealing more than $500 worth of baby formula from the Great Barrington Price Chopper on Aug. 15.
Following an investigation into that theft, an off-duty Great Barrington police officer saw Conn in the parking lot of the Lenox Price Chopper on Aug. 25 and contacted police dispatch. It turned out there was another $178 worth of baby formula in Conn’s vehicle when he was pulled over by Lee Police, according to a probable cause report.
Police said Conn has been involved in similar activities both before and after the Aug. 15 theft and that he had been taking the stolen formula to Springfield, where he sold it to feed his drug addiction. Conn allegedly confessed to police.
According to numerous news reports, there is a thriving black market in baby formula, with drug dealers often cutting heroin and cocaine with the product to increase their profits.
Conn pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to a single count of larceny over $250.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Michael D’Angelo said that other charges are coming in connection with the thefts of more than $2,800 of baby formula from the Price Choppers in Lenox and Great Barrington between July 30 and Aug. 25.
He said Conn’s drug addiction was out of control. A recent $12,000 insurance settlement two months ago went to feed Conn’s drug habit, he said.
He asked for $1,000 bail.
Conn’s attorney, Jerrold F. Trahey, said his client had recently overdosed and been taken to the hospital and had plans to meet with a drug counselor on Tuesday. He said Conn was trying to change his life. He asked that he be released on personal recognizance.
Judge Fredric D. Rutberg ordered Conn held on $1,000 bail. He is due back in Southern Berkshire District Court on Thursday.
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