Man charged with break-in, larceny at Williamsburg auto shop

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Staff Writer
Published: 12/4/2018 3:49:19 PM

NORTHAMPTON — A Northampton man charged with breaking into a Williamsburg auto shop and stealing approximately $1,000 and a laptop was arraigned in district court Friday.

Richard Scialdone, 54, is charged with breaking and entering at nighttime for a felony, larceny from a building and larceny over $250. Scialdone is currently incarcerated at the Hampshire County jail on other charges.

The break-in occurred in January at O’Brien’s Auto Works — a business owned by Scialdone’s father-in-law.

Owner Todd O’Brien told Williamsburg Police that an unlocked cashbox with about $1,000 in cash and checks was gone, according to a police report. Also missing, O’Brien said, was a laptop that had his clients’ records on it, though later tracking showed that the device had not been turned on.

O’Brien told police that his daughter was one of many people who knew where the cashbox was, and said she could be a suspect because of her drug issues and “contact with unsavory male characters,” the police reports said.

A “blood-stained door knob” linked Scialdone to the crime, according to the police report.

Police found blood on a door knob that when tested, matched the DNA of Scialdone. When questioned by police in November, the report said, Scialdone said he didn’t know how his DNA got there and later said he would to talk more only if the district attorney’s office promised that any charges would be concurrent with his current sentence.

Greta Jochem can be reached at gjochem@gazettenet.com

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