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October 5, 2012

District Court: No finding in theft from coffee shop

Dispositions of cases heard in Gloucester District Court.

Larceny and breaking and entering charges brought against two Rockport men were continued without a finding in Gloucester District Court on Monday.

Adam Morrissey, 21, of 12A Story St., and Jared Poretta, 18, 162 Main St., pleaded nolo contendre to charges of nighttime breaking and entering, larceny and conspiracy, meaning there were sufficient facts to find them guilty but they were not admitting guilt in the case.

Judge Joseph Jennings continued the charges without a finding for a year. The two were charged after Morrissey allegedly broke into the Dunkin Donuts on Railroad Avenue in Rockport and stole around $164.

A manager at the store told police in May that the money had been taken from the register overnight. Officers scanned store security videotape footage and spotted a man taking money out of the register; the break-in happened around 3:30 a.m. A store employee told police that Poretta worked there and knew the code for the register, and the manager said Morrissey was the one in the store. He had been hanging around the store a lot that day, police were told.

Police arrested Morrissey at his home shortly after. Later, Poretta arrived at the police station. According to police, Poretta said he and Morrissey agreed to break into the Dunkin Donuts and that he gave Morissey the code to open the store and registers. Both were charged.

According to police the two split the money taken. Poretta returned $81 to Dunkin Donuts but police reported Morissey said he had spent the rest.

A Gloucester woman pleaded guilty to four charges of larceny from a building in court on Monday.

Judge Joseph Jennings sentenced Beatrice Saunders, 44, of 98 Bass Ave. to nine months in jail, but suspended the sentence for 18 months. She was ordered to pay an undetermined amount of restitution.

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