Pittsfield woman charged in theft of items from Nazareth apartment


PITTSFIELD — The second of two suspects has been charged with stealing items from the apartment of Anthony Nazareth last August while he and his 11-year-old daughter lay dead inside.

Jodie M. Lehmann, 50, of Pittsfield, admitted to police she and Michael Blowe, 54, entered the apartment and found Nazareth dead, but denied taking anything, according to court documents.

The pair is accused of taking items from the Plunkett Street apartment, including a television, DVD player, food and clothing.

Lehmann was later spotted on surveillance video using a bank card belonging to Nazareth, police said. She said Nazareth had given her his bank card and PIN, police said.

Also inside the apartment was the body of Nazareth's daughter, Hannah, who may have been dead for up to month before being discovered on Aug. 3, along with her father.

An autopsy found that Nazareth likely died of a heroin overdose. The cause of Hannah's death remains undetermined.

Lehmann pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday to charges of larceny from a building and felony daytime breaking and entering.

She was ordered held on $5,000 bail by Judge William O'Grady and is due back in court on March 10 for a pretrial hearing.

Blowe pleaded not guilty to the same charges on Monday and was ordered held on $1,000 bail and is due back in court on March 8.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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