Thief steals laptop from Chatham motel; Man accused of assaulting 15-year-old girl arraigned in Orleans

Man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a 15-year-old girl in Brewster appears at Orleans District Court

Celata posted $5,000 bail after at his arraignment in Orleans District Court

ORLEANS - Joseph Celata, the 48-year-old Brewster man accused of kidnapping and assaulting a 15-year-old girl at the video store where he worked, was arraigned in Orleans District Court Monday morning.

Celata was arrested Friday at the Brewster Video Store on Underpass Road in Brewster for charges stemming from an incident that allegedly occured earlier this month. 

According to Brewster Police, Celata is accused of locking a 15-year-old girl in the store and assaulting her.  

Although the incident allegedly occured earlier in the month, the Brewster Police Department found out about it on Thursday.

Celata posted $5,000 bail after his arrest. We will update the story as more details become available.

Above image: Celata at his arraignment in Orleans District Court. Photo by David Curran.

Chatham Police seek help in finding PC thief

CHATHAM - On Saturday, October 18, 2008 at 2:05 a.m., the Chatham Police Department received a 911 call from the manager of the Pleasant Bay Village Motel at 1191 Orleans Road (Route 28) in North Chatham.

The caller reported he confronted a male subject inside the motel manager’s first floor living quarters. The suspect was carrying a laptop computer that was stolen from a second floor bedroom that was occupied by the motel owner. The suspect spoke to the motel manager, then attempted to exit the building, but the motel manager shut the door on the suspect’s hand.

He dropped the laptop during a brief struggle, then ran to the second floor entering an occupied bedroom and other rooms, looking for a way out. The suspect then returned to first floor and exited the front door of the living quarters.

Chatham Police Officers, assisted by the Harwich Police Department, and Barnstable County Sheriff’s Office K-9 searched the area for the suspect, but did not locate him. The suspect was described as an adult black male, approximately 5'9" tall, with a shaved head, wearing khaki colored pants and jacket. The suspect may have suffered an injury to his hand or arm.

Persons with information on this incident are asked to contact Chatham Police Department Detective Louis Malzone at 508-945-1217. welcomes thoughtful comments and the varied opinions of our readers. We are in no way obligated to post or allow comments that our moderators deem inappropriate. We reserve the right to delete comments we perceive as profane, vulgar, threatening, offensive, racially-biased, homophobic, slanderous, hateful or just plain rude. Commenters may not attack or insult other commenters, readers or writers. Commenters who persist in posting inappropriate comments will be banned from commenting on