Woman charged with robbing her family's house in Adams two weekends in a row


NORTH ADAMS — A local woman will be held without bail for 60 days after allegedly breaking into an Adams home twice in less than a week while its owners were on vacation.

Hathia Girard, 36, allegedly stole multiple firearms and a television from her aunt and uncle's North Road home on March 2 and 7.

The crime was initially discovered by a housekeeper, and police responded March 2.

The investigation found that four .22-caliber rifles, a .22-caliber handgun, .22-caliber ammunition and cash was missing from the property, according to a police report filed by Adams Police Detective Lawrence Ordyna.

The homeowners believed their niece was likely responsible for the burglary, as they had also suspected her of stealing their television previously and banned her from the house last year.

On the weekend of March 3, the homeowners had a closed-circuit surveillance system installed.

From Florida, the homeowners were able to watch on camera as Girard walked out their back door carrying their flat screen TV on March 7, according to police.

Officers responded to the scene and found that the front door had been forced open, but Girard was gone. A neighbor reported witnessing Girard leave with the television and provided police information on the vehicle she arrived in.

Police spotted the vehicle in Cheshire and pulled it over.

Girard told police that she is a heroin addict and allegedly admitted to stealing the television March 7 and firearms March 2.

Girard, 36, of Poirot Road, Fla., pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Friday to single counts of breaking and entering in the daytime for a felony, larceny from a building, and malicious destruction of property over $250.

Judge William Rota ordered Girard held on $50 cash bail, but also revoked her bail for 60 days on an open case in Central Berkshire District Court in which she is charged with credit card fraud, larceny of a credit card, and breaking and entering for a misdemeanor.

Girard is next scheduled to appear in Northern Berkshire District Court on March 30 for a pretrial hearing.

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


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