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ASHBY — The Ashby Police Department arrested two men for breaking into an auto repair shop in the town of Ashby on July 12. Police charged Nicholas William Roberts, 22, and Nicholas James Barnhart, 21, both of Ashby, with breaking and entering in the nighttime to commit a felony, and other related felony charges. Both men were arraigned in Ayer District Court on July 13.

The owner of G&M Automotive at 245 Fitchburg State Road in Ashby reported a break-in to police at about 7:10 a.m. on Thursday, July 12. Several items were stolen from the shop and thousands of dollars in cash were taken from a safe that was broken into. The Massachusetts State Police Crime Scene Services Unit was called in to assist with processing the crime scene. After an investigation on Thursday, Ashby Police charged Roberts with the breaking and entering. Roberts was an employee of the garage. Later that evening police executed a search warrant at Roberts’ home and located a large amount of cash.

After continued investigation on Friday, police arrested Barnhardt and recovered another large sum of cash.

Chief Paul H. Lundin said that, “this case was solved and the property was recovered quickly through the intelligent, cooperative, and tireless work of the police officers involved, in particular the case officer, John Dillon. This successful outcome was also made possible through close cooperation with the Massachusetts State Police, Middlesex County district attorney’s office, Lunenburg Police Department, and Fitchburg Police Department.”