Somerville couple plead not guilty to charges they stole 100 Christmas presents

SOMERVILLE — A woman accused of stealing about 100 Christmas presents with her boyfriend broke down in tears and apologized after she was arrested by Somerville police Tuesday night, police said in a report.

Kristen M. Casey and Manuel D. Sheehan had numerous packages marked for express delivery to addresses in Somerville and Medford inside their car when they were stopped by police on McGrath Highway Tuesday night.

Police later searched the couple’s Everett Avenue home and found dozens of items stolen from doorsteps, including fruit basket, sneakers, hair growth shampoo, and clothing.

When authorities asked Casey where the packages were stolen, she allegedly replied, “I’m not sure, they were mostly small side streets,’’ according to a report filed in Somerville District Court today.

Police said Casey then began to cry and say that she was sorry, according to the report.

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Both Casey, 26, and Sheehan, 27, appeared in court today where they pleaded not guilty to charges of larceny and receiving stolen property.

Casey has no prior criminal record and was released on personal recognizance by District Court Judge Maurice R. Flynn III. She left the courthouse without speaking with reporters, saying only “no comment.’’

However, Flynn set bail for Sheehan at $5,000 cash — double the amount Middlesex prosecutors had asked for. The judge also revoked bail in a pending Cambridge District Court case for Sheehan, which means he will not be released if he posts the bail on the Somerville arrest.

In court, prosecutors said Sheehan has 31 convictions as an adult and has missed court appearances 18 times.

A man who identified himself as Sheehan’s brother, but who would not provide his name, said after the arraignment that his sibling has a substance abuse problem. He also said that Sheehan’s family has tried for years to steer him toward help.

“We’ve been trying to get him help,’’ the man said. “He’s got a lot of issues to deal with.’’

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