PITTSFIELD -- The case against an 18-year-old man accused of breaking into vehicles in Pittsfield was continued without a finding of guilt and he has been ordered to pay restitution to one of the victims.

Devon Gates, 18, of Worthington Street, appeared on Thursday in Central Berkshire District Court, where he pleaded to sufficient facts for a finding of guilt in relation to a series of car break-ins along Strong Avenue in Pittsfield on Jan. 12.

Police alleged that Gates, along with 23-year-olds Ryan Holsberg of Kimberly Drive in Dalton and Derek Knockless of East Street in Pittsfield, 18-year-old Nicholas Mathes of Marian Avenue in Pittsfield, and a pair of 14-year-old girls were responsible for the crimes. Police said they caught all six after a brief foot pursuit.

On Thursday, Gates had two counts of breaking and entering and single counts of larceny over $250 and disturbing the peace dismissed by Judge Paul M. Vrabel. Gates was given a continuation without a finding on a single charge of felony breaking and entering in the nighttime and was ordered to pay $350 in restitution and serve a year on probation. He was represented by attorney Julie A. Forest.

Gates is already on probation related to a South County case in which he had similar charges, including multiple counts of breaking and entering and larceny.

The other men have pretrial hearings scheduled for the end of the month. They have pleaded not guilty to similar charges as Gates had been facing.


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Because of the age of the two teenage girls, information concerning their criminal cases is unavailable.