PITTSFIELD — "Other than a tsunami hitting Berkshire County," a judge said this week, trial will begin in September for a local family accused of operating a statewide burglary ring.
Between now and then, prosecutors will determine whether they can join cases that originated in Hampshire County into the local trial and whether to try one of the co-defendants in the case separately.
James and Nancy Tarjick and their sons, Aaron and James "Jamie" Tarjick Jr. face at least a combined 116 counts, most of which are against the brothers.
John Smith, of Hinsdale, faces eight charges for his alleged participation in a 2012 robbery also involving the brothers. Smith's charges that may be severed from the larger case.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano said the Tarjick brothers were recently indicted and arraigned on charges related to alleged thefts in Hampshire County.
Those indictments, he said, may produce additional discovery evidence related to their Berkshire County cases, which, in turn, may make it more appropriate to join the cases together and try them in Pittsfield.
Attorney Marc Vincelette, representing James Sr., asked Judge John Agostini for a firm date, due to the anticipated length of up to a month to try the case, which would require all of the involved attorneys to clear that amount of time on their respective calendars.
Agostini agreed and said the trial will be the first one heard in September.
Aaron Tarjick has pleaded not guilty to 25 counts of larceny over $250, 13 counts of felony nighttime breaking and entering into a boat or vehicle, 10 counts of felony nighttime breaking and entering into a building, seven counts of unarmed burglary, three counts of larceny of a firearm and once count each of motor vehicle larceny and larceny under $250.
Jamie Tarjick has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of larceny over $250, nine counts of receiving stolen property over $250, six counts of felony nighttime breaking and entering into a boat or vehicle, five counts of unarmed burglary, three counts of larceny of a firearm and one count each of felony nighttime breaking and entering into a building, motor vehicle larceny and being a common receiver.
The elder Tarjicks have pleaded not guilty to 10 counts each of receiving stolen property over $250 for allegedly storing items stolen by their sons in their Windsor home.
It's alleged the brothers stole items from homes all over the state between 2010 and 2015.
Yorlano said a big break in the case came when Aaron Tarjick allegedly committed some of the robberies while on pretrial release on another matter and wearing an electronic monitoring device.
Smith has pleaded not guilty to three counts of larceny of a firearm, and one count each of unarmed burglary, felony nighttime breaking and entering, motor vehicle larceny, larceny over $250, and conspiracy.
He's alleged to have conspired with the brothers to break in to the home of his ex-employer in retaliation stemming from a dispute over unemployment benefits, and stealing weapons, cash, jewelry and a car.
A further pretrial hearing in the case was set for March 23.