NORTHBOROUGH, Mass. — A Northborough man was arraigned Friday on charges that he broke into East Coast Golf Academy and Practice Center and stole hundreds of dollars in cash.
Brian Laprade, 32, of 9002 Avalon Drive, was charged in Westborough District Court with two counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime for a felony, two counts of breaking into a depository, three counts of larceny from a building, one count of defacing property, one count of breaking and entering in the daytime for a felony and one count of larceny over $250.
An employee at the golf center, Paul Rhinhart, reported the break-in on the morning of Nov. 23, court documents show. Upon arriving at 9:45 a.m., Rhinhart discovered that two bags of money kept locked under the counter were empty. He told police that these bags normally contained a total of $350.
Rhinhart also reported that the cash register, which contained a key to the safe in the kitchen, was also ajar. The safe, which normally contained $300, was found to be empty, according to court documents. In addition, signs of a forced entry were discovered in the basement.
Police later spoke to the center's owners, Robert and Laura Mackinnon, who reviewed video surveillance and used it to identify Laprade. Laprade was seen entering the golf center at three separate times on Nov. 22, when the building was closed for Thanksgiving.
Police arrested Laprade on Thursday evening. He was released on $5,000 cash bail and is due back in court on Dec. 31.