Thomas F. Bridges stands before Judge William O'Grady (from the lock up)
If you're going to break into the same house to commit a crime for the second time in less than a week you should think twice about wearing an item of clothing stolen in the original Breaking & Entering, as the owner may recognize it ... even something not normally all that visible: underwear.
A neighbor on Lincoln Avenue called Amherst police early Saturday night to report a suspicious party in dark clothing "pacing and back and forth" at the rear of the house next door. The first officer on scene noted fresh tracks in the snow leading to a basement door.
When the officer spotted a dark figure through the window he drew his service revolver and asked the person to come out, but he promptly fled deeper into the house. Another officer ran into him trying to sneak out the back door, but he again withdrew back into the house.
Amherst police called for backup from UMass PD who arrived with two patrol officers and two detectives and Hadley PD also assisted with their K9 unit. Officers stormed the house but the perp was nowhere to be seen, having climbed into the attic damaging the ceiling in the process (thus garnering the "destruction of property" charge).
By this time the owner of the home arrived and recognized the underwear worn by the intruder, as having been stolen on the New Year's eve break in. Police arrested Thomas Bridges, age 25.
Thomas Bridges (mugshot)
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Judge O'Grady set cash bail at $5,000 and continued the case until later this month. Thomas Bridges was transported back to the Hampshire County Jail & House of Corrections to await trial.
APD on scene Lincoln Avenue with Hadley and UMass PD Saturday night 8:45 PM