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Jun 19, 2015 11:34 AM

Fugitive found hiding in refrigerator in Pittsfield


PITTSFIELD - A Pittsfield fugitive picked a chilly hiding place but was still found by U.S. Marshals when they opened the refrigerator in the apartment where he was hiding.

Jeffrey Nickerson, 41, a registered sex offender, was wanted for probation violations. He was a high priority as a fugitive because of a long criminal history, according to the U.S. Marshals in the the New Hampshire district office.

Members of the N.H. Joint Fugitive Task Force, along with members of the Pittsfield Police Department, went to Nickerson’s residence on Park Street but Nickerson refused to open the door and fled to an adjacent apartment. It was during a search of the second apartment that Nickerson was discovered inside of a refrigerator.

Nickerson's probation violations stem from an original conviction and sentence for theft by unauthorized taking and burglary charges, U.S. Marshals say. He is required to register as a sex offender in New Hampshire due to a 1994 conviction on three counts of sexual assault in Massachusetts.

Nickerson was turned over to the Pittsfield police, who took him to the Merrimack County Jail. He was scheduled to appear in court on Friday.

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