PITTSFIELD -- The second defendant charged in connection with a series of Berkshire County break-ins last winter pleaded not guilty to eight felony charges on Monday and remains free on personal recognizance.
Michael A. Vickery, 23, of Pittsfield, allegedly was involved in a string of break-ins in Becket, Lanesborough and Richmond over a three-week period.
Vickery, along with Jake Sawtelle, 23, also of Pittsfield, allegedly cased the residences before burglarizing them, police said. In one case a firearm was reported stolen.
Vickery pleaded not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Monday to five counts of breaking and entering in the daytime for a felony, two counts of receiving stolen property and a single count of larceny of a firearm.
He was released on personal recognizance by Judge John Agostini. He is scheduled to be back Oct. 24 for a pretrial hearing.
Sawtelle was arraigned on similar charges earlier this month. He's being held on $25,000 surety bail.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano is prosecuting the case, which was investigated by the Lanesborough Police Department and state troopers assigned to the Lee barracks.
Vickery also is scheduled for trial in the Central Berkshire District Court's Jury of Six in November for other similar charges, including breaking and entering, according to court records.