Wednesday September 12, 2012

GREAT BARRINGTON -- Police have charged a Main Street resident with receiving stolen property, including a kayak valued at $800 that had been taken from a home on Stockbridge Bowl, following an investigation into a series of thefts in Stockbridge, Great Barring ton and West Stockbridge.

Scott F. Taikowski Jr., 21, faces a felony count on the kayak theft, and one count of receiving other stolen property worth under $250.

After police searched a business in the village of Housatonic, they confiscated several items they believe were stolen and in Taik owski’s possession.

In addition to the kayak, which Stockbridge Police had reported stolen on May 23, a Craftsman tool set taken from the Formel Motor Co. in Housatonic also was recovered, as well as other items.

Chief William Walsh Jr. said his department is working with the sheriff’s department in Warren County in New York, where Taikowski’s family has property.

The New York agency has confiscated two other kayaks and additional items suspected to have been stolen from South Berkshire, as well as two firearms. Walsh said a truckload of likely stolen property will be trucked back from Warren County by his investigators today.

After local police issued a warrant for Taikowski’s arrest, he turned himself in at Southern Berkshire District Court last week and pleaded not guilty to the two charges at his arraignment. Taikowski is due back in court on Thursday.


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After local police issued a warrant for Taikowski’s arrest, he turned himself in at Southern Berkshire District Court last week and pleaded not guilty to the two charges at his arraignment. Taikowski is due back in court on Thursday.

Police are asking anyone in the Stockbridge Bowl area or the Long Pond and Mercer Pond areas of Great Barr ington to contact them at (413) 528-0306 if they are missing kayaks.

Great Barrington Police also are working with West Stockbridge Police to establish a possible connection between Taikowski and thefts in that town, primarily items stolen for scrap-metal value.

To reach Clarence Fanto:
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