WESTFIELD, Mass. (THE WESTFIELD NEWS) — A local man was arraigned this week on 11 charges at Westfield District Court, stemming from an alleged robbery from a local funeral home.
Igor Y. Goretskiy, 33, of Huntington, was held at the Hampden County House of Corrections on $15,000 cash bail or $150,000 surety after being arraigned on Aug. 2. Goretskiy faces 11 charges, including four counts of larceny of a firearm, breaking and entering into a building at night, a motor vehicle and a safe, receiving over $250 worth of stolen property and larceny over $250.
According to court records, Goretskiy was employed at Firtion Adams Funeral Home in Westfield, for about a year, beginning sometime in 2015 and ending in November of the same year. During this time, police alleged that he had a key to enter and exit the business.
Court records alleged that while working there, Goretskiy assisted the business owner in moving a 500 to 700 pound safe into the basement. The safe held approximately $40,000 to $50,000. Also in the basement were two rifles and a shotgun, according to records.
On Feb. 25, police received a report from the funeral home’s owner that the safe, along with the guns, were missing. The items allegedly went missing on Feb. 23, and was captured on surveillance video provided by the Firtion Adams Funeral Home owner.
The video alleged to have shown a white male matching the description of Goretskiy breaking into the building and a vehicle outside, then loading what appeared to be a safe into the back of a car.
On Feb. 25, police records said they searched Goretskiy’s parent’s home where they allegedly found multiple items reported missing, including two rifles, a safe and a $1,000 money band. Police obtained a search warrant for the safe, which is where they allegedly found, among other items, several boxes of various ammunition, a handgun, six stacks of heroin bags and a box of money that totaled $32,250.
Additionally, the police record reported that police found a vehicle in Holyoke on Feb. 23, that allegedly matched the description of the vehicle that was seen in surveillance footage of the breaking and entering. The vehicle also reportedly had multiple scratches and dents that police alleged matched damage a 500- to 700-pound safe would do. The vehicle was initially reported stolen Feb. 18 from West Springfield.
Goretskiy is due back in court Sept. 2 for a pretrial hearing.
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