Sunday March 24, 2013

Berkshire Eagle Staff

PITTSFIELD -- Two Pittsfield residents were arrested on Friday afternoon in connection with a March 13 house break-in in Richmond, with possible additional charges coming for other countywide house break-ins, according to state police.

Christopher Maschino and Ann Haughey, both 21, each face two counts of receiving more than $250 in stolen property after jewelry and cameras were allegedly discovered in their possession.

State Trooper James Somerville said the arrest was made in a joint investigation between the Lee and Pittsfield police departments and Massachusetts State Police. He described the two as friends.

In recent weeks, there have been a series of break-ins across Berkshire County. Through March 16, Richmond was hit with seven daylight break-ins during the month, according to the state police.

Somerville said information wasn’t available about any recent house break-ins.

"As a result of the arrest several investigations have been launched into house break-ins in Berkshire County," Somerville said.

Maschino and Haughey were both sent to Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction.