Tuesday January 15, 2013

PITTSFIELD -- One man is being held without bail while three others were released on their own recognizance after pleading not guilty on Monday in Central Berkshire District Court to felony breaking and entering charges in connection with a weekend spree of car break-ins.

Devon Gates, 18, of Worthington Street, Pittsfield, pleaded not guilty to three counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime for a felony and disturbing the peace and was held on $100 bail by Judge Fredric D. Rutberg.

The judge also held Gates on a possible probation violation related to a South County case in which he had similar charges -- including multiple counts of breaking and entering and larceny -- continued without a finding of guilt. Gates is scheduled to appear in Great Barrington on Thursday for a probation violation hearing and is being held in jail without bail until that time. He is represented by attorney Julie A. Forest.

Three of Gates’ codefendants in the newest case also pleaded not guilty to similar charges. They were appointed lawyers and released pending court appearances next month.

Ryan Holsborg of Kimberly Drive in Dalton and Derek Knockless of East Street in Pittsfield, both 23, are represented by attorneys David C. Cafarelli and Thomas C. Doyle, respectively. Nicholas Mathes, 18, of Marian Avenue, Pittsfield, is represented by attorney John A. Bernardo.


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According to the Pittsfield Police, the four defendants, along with two 14-year-old girls, were arrested early Saturday morning for allegedly breaking into three cars along Strong Avenue in Pittsfield.

A resident reported seeing one of a group of six people inside his pickup truck that was parked at his home while the rest of the group milled around other cars in the area.

The six were taken into custody after a brief foot pursuit. Police said an iPod and its dock were taken from one of the vehicles. Because of the age of the two teenage girls, information concerning their criminal cases is unavailable.