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May 10, 2014

Suspicious husband trashed Salem paint studio, police say

SALEM — An angry husband admitted to police that he trashed a Salem paint studio because he suspected that his wife and another man who works there were having an affair, according to a police report.

Donald Gerolamo, 33, of 22 Warren St., Salem, was charged with breaking and entering with intent to commit a felony and malicious destruction of property valued at more than $250 after police said he “freely admitted” that he’d forced open a door at the Artists Row studio off New Derby Street Thursday afternoon.

Once inside he went on a rampage, flipping tables and chairs, smashing a glass case and other items, and splashing gallon cans of paint all over the furniture, walls, floor and some artwork, according to a police report. He then went to a downtown restaurant, where the other man’s girlfriend is a waitress, and told her what he’d done and why.

Gerolamo’s wife said he called her Thursday afternoon and said, “You should look at the studio.”

He was arrested on Front Street about three hours later.

Gerolamo, who pleaded not guilty to the charges, is free on $500 bail on the condition that he stay away from Artists Row and the victims. He’s due back in court next month.

Courts reporter Julie Manganis can be reached at 978-338-2521, via email at jmanganis@salemnews.com or on Twitter @SNJulieManganis.

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