GREAT BARRINGTON -- The suspect in the wave of break-ins at downtown businesses in Lenox earlier this week was released on personal recognizance Thursday following his arraignment at Southern Berkshire District Court.

Timothy W. Welch, 44, of Pittsfield, entered not guilty pleas to nine felony charges, including breaking and entering in the nighttime and larceny from buildings. Attorney Louis Oggiani was appointed to defend him.

Welch is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on April 11.

Welch was arrested by Lenox Police on Wednesday following a coordinated investigation by members of the department.

Cash was stolen from two of the seven establishments that reported break-ins overnight on Tuesday.

At Wednesday night's Select Board meeting, Chairman Kenneth Fowler praised the quick work of the police force in making the arrest.

Fowler's business, the Shear Design hair salon, was on the list of targets; a window was broken there, but no entry was made.

Police are still investigating the break-in discovered Sunday morning at the Colorful Stitches knitting boutique, 48 Main St., where a forced entry through a smashed window resulted in the theft of about $750.

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