NORTH ADAMS -- Two city men are facing charges after allegedly stealing more than 1,000 pounds of crushed cans from a local grocery store.
According to court documents, Alan G. Schnopps, 45, and Patrick Gaffey, 44, stole 1,077 pounds of crushed cans, worth roughly $2,700, from Price Chopper Supermarket on State Road over the course of roughly two months. The two men allegedly returned the cans as scrap metal to George Apkin and Sons Inc. on Depot Street in Adams, where they received approximately $640.
On Nov. 26, 2012, an assistant store manager reported to North Adams Police that a witness observed two men behind the store take three bags of crushed aluminum cans and place them in the back of a white minivan.
According to court documents, while a search on the reported license plate yielded no results, North Adams Police pulled over a white minivan with a similar license plate, occupied by Gaffey and Schnopps, the same week the theft was reported.
Receipts provided by Apkin and Sons to police show that between Oct. 3, 2012 and Nov. 29, 2012, Schnopps and Gaffey returned metal 16 times. According to court documents, video footage of the store’s loading dock showed Gaffey and Schnopps placing bags of cans into a white minivan.
Gaffey was arraigned Monday in Northern Berkshire District Court on a charge of larceny over $250. A pretrial hearing was scheduled for May 6.
A warrant was issued for Schnopps’s arrest after he failed to appear for arraignment Monday on 11 charges of receiving stolen property under $250 and two charges of receiving stolen property over $250, as well as single charges of larceny over $250, shoplifting more than $100 by concealing merchandise, shoplifting by asportation and trespassing.
-- Edward Damon