Flower Shop Owner Pleads Not Guilty to Armed Robbery Charges
NORTHAMPTON (WGGB) – Even though 48 year-old Nancy Gehrung admitted to detectives she robbed an Enfield liquor store, a home in Holyoke, and broke into a Northampton home armed with a gun which she pointed at the owner, she still plead not guilty at her arraignment in Hampshire District Court on Tuesday.
Gehrung, who owns ‘Nancy’s Flowers’ formally of East Longmeadow, now located in Springfield is currently being held without bail. She is set to appear in court on Friday. Gehrung plead not guilty to numerous charges including armed assault and larceny.
According to the police report, Northampton police received a call Christmas night (Saturday) from the owner of 73 Massasoit St. saying he had returned from the movies with two other family members to find a strange woman in their house rummaging around the Christmas tree. When the homeowners walked in on the woman, she pointed a handgun at them and ran out the front door.
A K-9 search around the neighborhood landed officers back at 73 Massasoit where a woman was sitting on the front porch. She identified herself to police as Nancy Gerhung of 56 Matthew Drive in Florence. The homeowners at the time, could not distinguish whether she was the stranger in their house because she was now wearing different clothes. Visibly drunk, Gehrung was taken into police custody. Police say no items were stolen from the home, despite multiple electronics being left out in the open.
Upon sobering up, Gehrung admitted to detectives she had indeed been inside the Massasoit St. Home with the intention of stealing. She also admitted to pointing the gun at homeowners, but with no intent to fire.
While in custody, Gerhung was also interviewed by Enfield police. Apparently she fit the description of a suspect who had robbed a liquor store there recently. On Monday, she admitted to that crime. Police say she stole $20 dollars from the liquor store, while brandishing a .45 caliber Glock. Gerhung was also questioned about a robbery in Holyoke 2 days before where an Apple iPhone was stolen. Again, she admitted to the crime and also using a gun during it.
Gerhung will appear in Hampshire District Court again on Friday for a dangerousness hearing. This carries with it the possibility that a defendant can’t be bailed out of jail for at least 90 days before the state has to prove it’s case against them.