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LEOMINSTER -- Two Leominster men are being held on bail after being arraigned Tuesday on charges connected to a smash-and-grab theft Friday at the Turnout Variety Store on Main Street, according to court documents.
Eric Fitzpatrick, 19, of 248 Main St, No. 3, is held on $5,000 bail and Nicholas Brettschneider, 21, of 190 North St., is held on $1,000 bail -- police allege they participated in a break-in, reportedly stealing $2,000 with the help of a former store employee.
Two other male suspects, both juveniles, are believed to have helped in the break-in, according to court documents.
Shannon M. Tocci, 20, of 66 Bonnydale Road, had worked at the store and allegedly told the suspects where they could find money inside, Detective Stephen P. Sandoval wrote in a report.
"(She) reportedly had been an employee of the Turnout Variety Store and was terminated, however, having knowledge of the everyday business practice of the store used this information, allowing the two suspects to carry out their thievery scheme," he wrote.
Police watched video tapes of the crime -- alleged to have happened around 3:30 a.m. Friday -- Monday morning, Sandoval wrote.
Sandoval was in court on an unrelated Department of Youth Services matter when he noticed a clear bag containing clothes and a blue bandanna that matched one of the suspect's, along with Newport cigarettes and cash. Sandoval searched the bag -- possessions of a DYS detainee -- and found they belonged to an underage male with a lengthy criminal record who was wanted for questioning in other area break-ins and thefts.

A witness allegedly told Sandoval Fitzpatrick and another youth broke the glass to the store and stole the money, and named the others allegedly involved, according to the report. Tocci is charged with being an accessory before fact and after the fact, and she was arraigned Wednesday in Leominster District Court, where she paid the $100 bail set by Judge Mark E. Noonan. Tocci, Fitzpatrick and Brettschneider are all due in court Nov. 24 for pretrial hearings.
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