GRAFTON, Mass. — A 19-year-old Brimfield man was charged Friday with two separate cases of theft in Grafton.
Charles Hitchcock, of 179 Old Sturbridge Road, Brimfield, faces four counts of breaking and entering in the daytime for a felony and four counts of larceny over $250 following an incident in which he is accused of stealing jewelry and electronics from the home of his mother, who lives at 133 Main St., South Grafton.
Police spoke with Hitchcock's mother, Ann-Marie Castonguay, on Nov. 15 following the jewelry thefts. When asked if anyone in the family could have been the culprit, Castonguay said that it could have been her son, court documents show.
On Nov. 27, the family reported an Xbox and a Kinect had been stolen from the home. Police were able to track the devices to the Gamestop at the Millbury Mall, where a clerk identified Hitchcock as the one who traded both in, documents show.
Court documents also show that, on Dec. 4, police were called to the Village Dairy to investigate a robbery in which an unspecified number of $20 bills were stolen. A clerk at the Village Dairy told police that a man came into the store to warn the clerk that someone was on the roof of his car. When the clerk went outside to tell another man to get off his car, the man fled and was followed by the first man.
While viewing surveillance tapes, police recognized Hitchcock and brought him in for questioning. During the interview, court documents show, Hitchcock did not directly respond to whether he robbed the store. However, when asked pointedly about how much money he made off with, Hitchcock told police that it was about $80.
Hitchcock was arrested and is being held in the Worcester House of Correction on $1,000 bail.
Police believe Steven Bigwood, 19, of Millbury, participated in the robbery along with Hitchcock. Millbury police are currently searching for him, court documents show.
Meanwhile, Hitchcock is awaiting trial for an Aug. 15 incident in which he is accused of threatening and assaulting a male friend of his ex-girlfriend.