PITTSFIELD -- A 31-year-old thief who preyed mostly on older women will be spending up to five years in prison after pleading guilty to 100 charges on Tuesday.
In Berkshire Superior Court, Anthony Teti Jr. of Pittsfield admitted to multiple crimes committed in Pittsfield and Cheshire between April and August 2012 that included burglaries; thefts of cash, credit cards and jewelry; forgery and identity fraud.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Marianne Shelvey said Teti stole checks and credit cards from three older women he was supposed to be helping as a handyman. He went on spending sprees with the stolen cards and checks and racked up about $1,000 in charges. Meanwhile, he stole other items, including high-priced jewelry, from the women that he then turned around and sold.
In one case involving a man's stolen boat, Teti was caught selling the dismantled craft at a local scrap metal yard, said Shelvey. Teti stole from five people altogether.
Teti pleaded to multiple counts of larceny, receiving stolen property, identity fraud, fraudulent use of a credit card, uttering a false document, and larceny from a person over 60, as well as a a single charge known as common and notorious thief. A second count of common and notorious thief was dismissed at the request of the DA's office.
Other charges included breaking and entering and driving with a suspended license.
Judge John A. Agostini sentenced Teti to a minimum of three years and a maximum of five years in state prison, in line with a joint sentencing recommendation between the Berkshire District Attorney's Office and Teti's attorney, Richard S. Taskin.
The investigation was conducted by members of the Pittsfield and Cheshire Police Departments, and state troopers assigned to the Cheshire barracks.
In 2008, Teti pleaded guilty to cocaine distribution and other charges. For that, he was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction.