Friday September 21, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A 25-year-old man was sentenced to a year in jail after he admitted taking electronics and jewelry in a daylight break-in of a city home in June.

Robert C. McBane, of East Street, pleaded guilty in Central Berkshire District Court to single counts of breaking and entering in the daytime, larceny from a building, and possession of burglary tools.

His attorney, John A. Bernardo of Pittsfield, said McBane has drug problems but wants help.

McBane admitted to breaking into a home on Benedict Road at about 11:30 a.m. on June 25 by entering the house through a back window. He ransacked the place and made off with two laptop computers, women’s jewelry, medication and loose change.

A neighbor who allegedly saw McBane and another man enter the house called police.

Pittsfield police officers, with the help of a K-9 unit, were able to locate the men. McBane was in possession of the stolen items and carrying a crowbar when he was apprehended, according to the police report.

Bernardo asked the court to have McBane serve nine months of an 18-month suspended sentence to the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction followed by three years of probation. The prosecution requested 18 months of straight jail time.

District Court Judge Fredric D. Rutberg ordered McBane to serve one year of an 18-month sentence at the county jail followed by three years of probation. The final six months of McBane’s suspended sentence will remain in effect while he is on probation.

Rutberg also recommended that McBane participate in a drug counseling program while incarcerated.

A trial for McBane’s codefendant, 24-year-old Nicholas G. Rando of Pittsfield, is scheduled for March.

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