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Not-guilty plea in theft of beer bottles from Tiny’s

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By Lisa Redmond

MediaNews

AYER — A Worcester man is being held without bail on a probation violation after he was accused of stealing about 400 beer bottles set for recycling outside Tiny’s Restaurant in Ayer.

In Ayer District Court Dec. 29, Joesoph R. Sherman, 29, pleaded not guilty to a charge of larceny under $250 for the Aug. 17 theft of recyclable beer bottles outside the Ayer restaurant.

Prosecutor Felicia Sullivan sought $500 cash bail, noting that the restaurant’s owner had agreed not to press charges if Sherman would return the $20 he received for the recycled bottles, but Sherman never returned the cash.

Sherman was recently arrested in Acton on a drug offense, according to the Probation Department. He is on probation with a one-year suspended sentence after pleading guilty to five counts of breaking and entering into motor vehicles and vandalizing property.

While Sherman is still on probation for the Acton charge, Judge Michael Brooks allowed the Probation Department’s request to hold Sherman without bail on the violation. Brooks set $100 cash bail on the bottle-recycling case.

Sherman is scheduled to return to court Jan. 25.

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