AMESBURY — A local man accused of burglarizing a downtown hair salon last week was ordered held on $10,000 after pleading not guilty to a felony breaking-and-entering charge Tuesday in Newburyport District Court. 

Michael Coughlin, 32, of Orchard Park was arrested Monday outside the Burger King restaurant on Macy Street by Officer Denis Champagne after he responded to a suspicious activity call in the parking lot.

When Champagne reported the arrest, he was told there was substantial evidence that Coughlin broke into Judy’s Hair Works on Sept. 30 and stole hundreds of dollars and merchandise. 

At the time of Coughlin’s arrest, he was already out on $1,000 cash bail for a Class A substance charge. 

Coughlin’s record shows convictions for unarmed burglary, breaking and entering, drug possession, fraud, uttering false checks, credit card misuse and other offenses, according to court records. 

During Coughlin’s appearance Tuesday in District Court, Essex County prosecutor Shailagh Kennedy highlighted those charges when asking Judge Peter Doyle to hold him on $25,000 cash bail. 

Doyle revoked Coughlin’s release due to the new charge and ordered him held without bail. On the breaking-and-entering charge, Coughlin was ordered held on $10,000 cash bail. He is due back in court Oct. 18 to answer to both charges. 

Detective Raymond Landry spoke to the owner of Judy’s Hair Works on Mill Street on Sept. 30, hours after someone entered the business through the back door and stole up to $700 from a safe and other items, according to a police report. The items were mostly hair products and valued at more than $200. 

“(The owner) told me that someone unlocked the safe using a key that was hidden in the same cabinet where the safe was stored,” Landry wrote in his report. 

Landry learned that the last time an employee had been in the salon was about 12:30 p.m. the same day. Police were able to obtain video footage of the surrounding area and saw images of Coughlin trying to break into the building.

The building’s owner also told police that he spotted Coughlin walking behind it earlier in the day. 

Staff writer Dave Rogers can be reached at drogers@newburyportnews.com. Follow him on Twitter @drogers41008.

Recommended for you