The line at Theory Wellness when it first opened for recreational cannabis sales Jan. 11, 2019, stretched almost to Route 7. Photo: Terry Cowgill

New York man deemed ‘dangerous,’ held without bail for cannabis mugging; second suspect remains at large

By state statute, the court may keep a defendant in custody for up to 120 days before trial, without bail or conditions of release, if there is "clear and convincing evidence that no conditions of release will reasonably assure the safety of others or the community."

Great Barrington — A young man from upstate New York accused of mugging a customer coming out of a marijuana shop is being held without bail after a court appearance last week.

On Friday morning in Pittsfield District Court, a judge ordered Shane R. Adams, 21, of Pine City, New York, held until Monday, Nov. 23, for a dangerousness hearing. That hearing was subsequently conducted and Adams was ordered held for up to 120 days without the right to bail.

Shane Adams. Photo courtesy Elmira Police Department

According to Equitas Law, a criminal defense law firm in Brookline, a dangerousness hearing may happen at or shortly after an arraignment on criminal charges. By state statute, the court may keep a defendant in custody for up to 120 days before trial, without bail or conditions of release, if there is “clear and convincing evidence that no conditions of release will reasonably assure the safety of others or the community.”

It is unclear when Adams’ next court date will be. Great Barrington police have charged Adams with unarmed robbery and assault and battery on a disabled person. A second suspect remains at large, Great Barrington police Chief Bill Walsh said in a statement.

Walsh said that at approximately 3 p.m. on Nov. 13, a customer of Theory Wellness, a cannabis retailer on Stockbridge Road, reported that two males accosted him while he was walking through the parking lot after having made a marijuana purchase.

One of the men pushed him and ripped the product from his hands and fled in a car. The victim is disabled and was using crutches. The victim’s wife provided police with a license plate number.

Great Barrington officers Sam Stolzar and Tim Ullrich responded and remain the lead investigators in the case. After working with the New York State Police in Claverack, Stolzar obtained an arrest warrant the evening of Nov. 13. New York State Police quickly took Adams into custody.

Walsh also said officials at Theory Wellness cooperated in the investigation. It is believed to be the first reported robbery at any of the town’s three cannabis stores: Theory Wellness, Rebelle and Calyx Berkshire.

This is not Adams’ first brush with the law. He was indicted by a grand jury in December 2017 on multiple illegal weapons counts, all felonies, as well as second-degree menacing, a misdemeanor, according to the Star Gazette newspaper of Elmira, New York.

The charges against Adams came in the wake of a reported shooting incident Dec. 3, 2017, in Elmira. The disposition of that case could not be determined by publication time.