Tuesday October 2, 2012

By Andrew Amelinckx, Berkshire Eagle Staff

PITTSFIELD -- A 29-year-old city man who allegedly broke into his ex-girlfriend’s house, chopped the tops off a bouquet of flowers and stole various items is being held without bail following his arraignment Monday in Central Berkshire District Court.

Police allege Neal McIntosh Jr. broke into an Onota Street home at about 4:30 a.m. on Sunday by smashing a basement window.

The alleged victim, Jaime Finn, 31, told police she awoke to find McIntosh in her room. When she called 911, he fled, carrying a garbage bag, which allegedly contained an XBox video gaming system and Finn’s purse, among other items taken from the home, according to a police report.

It was later determined that before Finn woke, the defendant had consumed the woman’s alcohol and chopped the tops off her flowers in a vase.

McIntosh was arrested later the same day by the Pittsfield Police and was held until Monday’s arraignment.

He pleaded not guilty to breaking and entering for a felony, larceny over $250, vandalizing property and violating an abuse prevention order.

Judge Paul M. Vrabel revoked McIntosh’s bail on two pending cases: a drunken driving charge from last month in which he allegedly hit a building while pulling a trailer with his truck, and a May case in which he was charged with attacking Finn.


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In the second case, police allege McIntosh put a BB gun to Finn’s head and threatened to pull the trigger, choked her and put her head through a wall.

The bail revocation came at the request of the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office. McIntosh can be held for up to 60 days without bail. After that time, he must come up with $500 cash or $5,000 bond to be released from jail.

Attorney Thomas Doyle, representing McIntosh for the bail hearing, said Finn had been in contact with his client in violation of a restraining order she took out and she had allowed him to stay at the house on previous occasions.

Doyle said her behavior shows Finn wasn’t in fear of his client.

McIntosh, he said, admittedly had a drinking problem and asked that his client be released on his own recognizance with the conditions he refrain from alcohol.

McIntosh is scheduled to be back in court later this month.

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