Zane Linehan (center) will be free on $500 bail
In this day and age when almost everyone has instant access to communication you have to be pretty stupid to rob an outdoor farm stand, in broad daylight, on a fairly well traveled street, in a close-knit community like Hadley.
That, or you have substance abuse problems.
In Eastern Hampshire District Court this morning Judge John Payne allowed a Section 35 addiction treatment commitment (90 days) for Daniel Bartusewich, age 31, aka "Ras Fire" (the Judge did not acknowledge the recent name change saying, "What is this, a comic book?").
His companion in crime, Zane Linehan, age 20, addressed the Judge saying he had "enjoyed 1.5 years of being sober, but now drugs are destroying me." His mother was said to be enroute and would be filing for a Section 35 addiction treatment commitment as well for Mr. Linehan.
The DA's office wanted bail revoked and for Lineham to stay in jail so he couldn't "continue to go on a spree." Only the day before the Hadley theft Lineham had been arraigned in Holyoke District Court on another criminal matter.
The Judge set bail at $500.
A neighbor of the farm stand called in the theft as it was occurring and gave Hadley police a good description of the car (with front end damage) including three digits of the license plate.
Within 10 minutes HPD had the vehicle, and in the center console they found $57 in wrinkled cash with only one $5 bill and all the rest $1 dollar bills.
The kind of thing you would expect to find in a farm stand cash box.
Farm stands: A way of life in Hadley