NORTH ADAMS — A Clarksburg man was ordered held on bail last week after allegedly attempting to break into a homeowner's garage, then breaking the Plexiglas inside a jail cell while awaiting arraignment.

About an hour after his release on charges that he had driven with a suspended license, Aaron Morris, 32, was reported to city police on June 30 for standing on a Willow Dell roof. When officers arrived, Morris was allegedly carrying two cinderblocks in his hands.

Morris claimed he was doing contracting work for the homeowner, but the call came in at about 10:46 p.m., according to a police report written by North Adams Police Sgt. Jason Wood. The homeowner told officers she had never agreed to have Morris work on her home, and the officer noted that the wooden window on the garage had been pried open.

Following his arrest, an officer observed Morris on security cameras as he allegedly kicked the Plexiglas out of the cell door. Morris allegedly attempted to "smash" the door with his shoulders, hands and feet.

After removing one piece of the plexiglass, Morris attempted to reach out of the window and open the cell door from the outside, according to a report filed by Police Officer Nicholas Penna.

When two additional officers arrived for backup, Morris was placed in a new cell before the officers entered his original cell and allegedly discovered a broken piece of plexiglass hidden under Morris' bed.


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Morris pleaded not guilty to charges of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, subsequent offense; breaking and entering a building in the nighttime for a felony, malicious destruction of property over $250; disturbing the peace, malicious destruction of property over $250, and attempting to commit a crime.

The charges were split among three separate cases.

In total, bail was set Friday at $4,500 cash by Judge Paul H. Smyth in Northern Berkshire District Court.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.