Hinsdale's former top cop accused of shoplifting

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NORTH ADAMS — A former Hinsdale police chief has paid $100 in court fees stemming from a shoplifting charge at Walmart, and store security told police they suspect her in a number of past shoplifting incidents.

Nancy Daniels, 52, failed to scan $71.68 of merchandise at the self-checkout station and tried to leave the Curran Memorial Highway store without paying, according to security personnel, who reported incident to police about 8:30 a.m.

Daniels did not deny the allegations, according to the probable cause report filed by North Adams Police Officer Brad Vivori.

Daniels, who lives in North Adams, also is a suspect in several past shoplifting incidents, employees told police.

In an affidavit filed with police, the asset protection assistant store manager said he had just compiled video and statements to press charges against Daniels for past shoplifting incidents when she entered the store shortly before 8 a.m. Wednesday. Employees observed as she made "no attempt" to scan several items.

Daniels was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on Wednesday on a single count of shoplifting by asportation. The charge was continued without a finding and dismissed upon payment of $100 in court fees.

Daniels was dismissed from her post as police chief in 2014 for allegedly failing to achieve adequate training — a decision that sparked controversy in the town. She had been named chief in 2013.

Adam Shanks can be reached at ashanks@berkshireeagle.com, at @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter, or 413-629-4517.


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