Woman wanted in Pittsfield armed robbery found in clothes dryer


PITTSFIELD — The search for the alleged accomplice in an armed home invasion ended inside a clothes dryer.

Sara Ladouceur, 32, was found hiding in the dryer inside her parents' Tyler Street home on Tuesday evening by officers who were there to serve an arrest warrant.

Ladouceur was wanted in connection with the alleged gunpoint robbery of a Pittsfield man Saturday morning.

The arrest warrant was issued after Ladouceur failed to turn herself in to police on her own.

Ladouceur's mother asked officers to "just be nice to her" when they arrived about 5:40 p.m. to serve the warrant.

Police were notified Tuesday that Ladouceur was at the apartment.

Ladouceur, is accused of participating in the robbery of a man in his Hamlin Street apartment with co-defendant Joshua Lofink, of Hinsdale.

She was identified by the alleged victim and a witness who told police she was seen running with a man on nearby Tyler Street and the pair entered a home about 7:15 the morning of the robbery.

Based on the description and address, police believed the two were Ladouceur and Lofink.

The witness and alleged victim both identified Ladouceur from photo arrays.

The alleged victim told police he's known Ladouceur for about four years and she was in his apartment about 6:30 a.m.

About 30 minutes later, Lofink allegedly came in through the back door — which the victim said was always kept locked — put a gun to his head and demanded cash.

The victim told police the pair got away with about $700 cash and his cell phone.

The victim believes Ladouceur unlocked the door to the apartment to allow Lofink inside.

Lofink was arrested Saturday and both he and Ladouceur have pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court to charges of armed home invasion and larceny over $250 from a person over 60 or disabled.

Both are being held pending dangerousness hearings scheduled for Friday.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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