Wednesday October 17, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- A district court judge ordered a 24-year-old city man to jail on Tuesday after he racked up more charges while out on bail.

Lance O. Roberts of Cheshire Road in Pittsfield was already facing a slew of charges stemming from a series of alleged burglaries in Pittsfield when he was arraigned on Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court on three felonies and a misdemeanor stemming from two separate cases.

Roberts had been out on $1,000 bail on some earlier cases. In those, he and another man allegedly broke into several homes in Pittsfield and stole various items including three handguns. In one instance, Roberts is accused of burglarizing a man’s home while he was attending his wife’s funeral and stealing the deceased woman’s jewelry. Police said they recovered evidence that suggests Roberts was keeping a list of calling hours and funeral service times for the recently deceased, with the intention of breaking into the homes when friends and family would be attending funeral services.

Last week, according to the Pittsfield Police, Roberts was involved in the theft of large spools of aluminum wire taken from Western Massachusetts Electric Co. that were later sold for $80 at a local scrap yard. Roberts allegedly admitted to police that he is addicted to heroin.

Roberts was also charged for a break-in at Hancock Road residence on Monday in which the homeowner allegedly found his back door wide open and Roberts in his yard.

Roberts’ attorney, David C.


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Cafarelli, said that there wasn’t a lot of evidence against his client in either of the new cases.

According to the attorney, in one instance, he is only alleged to have helped put some wire into the back of a vehicle, and in the other was found in the area of an opened door and wasn’t accused of stealing anything from the residence.

On Tuesday, Roberts pleaded not guilty to two counts of breaking and entering in the daytime for a felony and single counts of larceny under $250 and vandalizing property.

Judge Paul M. Vrabel revoked Roberts’ bail on three open dockets, which means the defendant can be held for up to 60 days. The revocation came at the request of the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office.

The judge also set bail on the new cases at $15,000 cash or $150,000 bond. Roberts is scheduled to be back in court Nov. 16.