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Three arraigned for Amherst thefts; 2 barred from UMass campus



@ecutts_HG
Thursday, December 14, 2017

NORTHAMPTON — Three people accused of committing thefts in Amherst this fall all denied charges in Hampshire Superior Court this week.

Two of the individuals, Alexandra Brewer and Gregory Collison, have been banned from the UMass Amherst campus for allegedly stealing backpacks and other items from students. The two have also been barred from the Boltwood parking garage in downtown Amherst, along with Elijah James Tessier, of Hadley, for allegedly breaking into a 2004 GMC Envoy.

Collison, whose address is listed as the streets of Amherst, pleaded not guilty Dec. 4 to a total of 22 charges — 14 charges of larceny over $250, 6 charges of larceny under $250, a charge of breaking and entering a vehicle in the daytime and a charge of breaking and entering a building in the daytime. Collison is being charged as an habitual offender.

The incidents were alleged to have occurred between Aug. 4 and Sept. 25, 2017. During that time period, Collison allegedly stole multiple laptops, wallets, cellphones and various amounts of cash.

He also denied a charge of failing to register as a sexual offender. According to court documents, Collison is a level 2 sex offender, which is defined as having a moderate risk of re-offending as well as posing a moderate degree of danger to the public.

Collison was held on $1,850 bail. A portion of that amount, $750, was previously posted in Eastern Hampshire District Court. If released, Collison must wear a GPS bracelet and undergo substance abuse treatment. He is being represented by attorney John Drake.

Brewer, of Holyoke, pleaded not guilty Dec. 4 to breaking and entering a vehicle in the daytime, 13 charges of larceny over $250 and five charges of larceny under $250.

The thefts were alleged to have occurred between Aug. 21 and Sept. 25. During that time period, Brewer allegedly stole multiple laptops, wallets, cellphones, a pair of Nike Aeromax sneakers and prescription sunglasses, as well as various amounts of cash.

She was released on conditions that she remain drug and alcohol free and have no contact with any of the alleged victims. She is represented by attorney Rachel Weber.

Tessier pleaded not guilty Dec. 4 to larceny over $250 and breaking and entering a vehicle in the daytime. He was released on conditions that he not use drugs or alcohol and report to ServiceNet twice a week.

Tessier, along with Collison and Brewer, allegedly took a drill set and a cup of coins from the vehicle they broke into. Tessier is being represented attorney David Mintz.

Emily Cutts can be reached at ecutts@gazettetnet.com.