NEWBURY – A bag of Goldfish crackers led to an Amesbury man admitting in court Wednesday that he broke into a Newbury police officer’s pickup earlier this year.
Alexander C. Bilodeau, 26, of 4 Orchard Park was charged in June with breaking and entering of a vehicle/boat in the nighttime for a felony and larceny under $1,200.
Bilodeau pleaded guilty to both charges in Newburyport District Court and was ordered to pay fines of $312 and $50 to the state’s Victim Witness Fund.
Bilodeau was placed in protective custody on June 4 after acting suspiciously while walking on Elm Street near Caldwell Farm Road and Route 1, according to court documents.
Among the items police found on him were loose change and a small package of Goldfish crackers.
Hours later, Newbury police Officer Joseph Gamache called the station to say someone broke into his truck on Elm Street and stole a diaper bag. Among the items in the bag was the package of Goldfish.
“Gamache had found the bag with its contents scattered in the road and woods between his house and Route 1,” Newbury police Officer Michael Croteau wrote in his report.
Later that day, Gamache went into the station with another bag of Goldfish from his home so he could compare the serial numbers. The numbers matched, according to Croteau’s report.
Officer Jason DaCunha wrote in his report that after driving Bilodeau to the station, he asked if he could eat his bag of crackers.
“He pulled a bag of Goldfish from his backpack and brought it into the cell with him,” DaCunha wrote.
With this information, and the fact Bilodeau was found near Gamache’s home when he was picked up by police, Croteau requested a warrant for Bilodeau’s arrest.
In 2013, Bilodeau, pleaded guilty to receiving stolen property less than $250 after breaking into an Amesbury building and was sentenced to 70 days in jail.
Five years later, Bilodeau was sentenced to 32 days behind bars after pleading guilty to assault and battery of a family/household member.