PITTSFIELD -- A North Adams man was sentenced to up to three years in prison for stealing items he then sold at a tag sale and other crimes.
Police and prosecutors say 37-year-old Bruce Lee Trudeau was responsible for eight break-ins of both homes and vehicles in North Adams, Williamstown and Pittsfield from June to September 2013. He stole a variety of items from scratch-off tickets to change jars to nail guns, said police.
In one instance, Trudeau admitted he broke in to a sport utility vehicle in Williamstown, stole two nail guns and then sold the items at a tag sale the next day.
According to Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano, Trudeau broke into the home of an 82-year-old blind and deaf woman in North Adams in September and stole her rosary beads, cash and jewelry. He also broke into another woman's residence in August and stole Vicodin and other pain pills. The woman woke up from sleeping on her couch and found Trudeau in the room smoking a cigarette and rummaging through her purse before she yelled at him and he ran out of the residence.
On Thursday in Berkshire Superior Court, Trudeau appeared with three different lawyers representing him on different cases and pleaded guilty to 15 charges including multiple counts of breaking and entering and larceny under $250.
Judge John A. Agostini ordered Trudeau to serve at least two years and no more than three years in state prison. The sentence was in line with a joint recommendation by the DA's office and Trudeau's lawyers, Joseph P. Colonna, Richard S. Taskin and Mark J. Pasquariello.
The charges were brought via district attorney's complaints, which bypass the grand jury and can only be brought with the permission of the defendant.
The investigation was conducted by members of the Williamstown, North Adams and Pittsfield Police Departments.