NewburyportNews.com, Newburyport, MA

October 16, 2013

Seabrook man charged in armed robbery

By Dave Rogers
Staff Writer

---- — SEABROOK — A local man accused of holding up the Seabrook Xtra Mart Sunday night is being held on $25,000 cash-only bail after his arraignment yesterday at Seabrook Circuit Court.

Joseph L. Reardon, 22, is accused of walking into the Route 1 convenience store around 11 p.m., brandishing a loaded handgun and demanding money.

After receiving an undisclosed amount of money, Reardon fled in an unknown direction. Local and state police, along with a K-9 unit, set up a perimeter, according to police. Articles believed to have been used during the robbery, including the loaded handgun and clothing worn by Reardon, were found, which helped law enforcement eventually track him down with the money still in his possession.

Reardon was charged with five crimes including armed robbery, felon in possession of a deadly weapon, felony reckless conduct and resisting arrest.

At his arraignment yesterday, via video conference, Reardon was ordered held on $25,000 cash-only bail and is due back in court on Oct. 23 for a probable cause hearing, according to a court official. Police are continuing their investigation into the armed robbery and additional charges may be filed.

Well before Sunday’s arrest, Reardon had been in and out of trouble with local police, including a shoplifting arrest and drunken driving arrest. In September 2010, Reardon was arrested and charged with criminal threatening. The victim, his father, later declined to press charges, leading to the charge being dropped, according to Seabrook police.