PITTSFIELD -- Police say an argument over money ended with felony breaking and entering and other charges on Thursday for a 31-year-old city man who remains in jail on $1,500 cash bail.

In Central Berkshire District Court, Lemond E. Grady, of Cherry Street, pleaded not guilty to three charges for allegedly forcing his way into an acquaintance's house at about 2 a.m. Thursday.

According to police and prosecutors, a 42-year-old man caught Grady cutting the screen on the front window of his Cherry Street home, and when he opened the front door to ask what was going on, Grady forced his way into the house. During an ensuing struggle, a flat-screen television fell to the ground and was smashed.

According to a Pittsfield Police report, Grady had been in an argument with the man on Wednesday over being owed money for a laptop computer. "I'll be coming for you," Grady allegedly told the man, according to the report.

Following the alleged burglary, police went to Grady's house and took him into custody after a brief scuffle, according to the report. He is charged with breaking and entering in the nighttime and malicious destruction of personal property over $250, felonies, and misdemeanor resisting arrest.

Grady, through his attorney, Alexander R. Shmulsky, said that he didn't break in to the house or fight with the 42-year-old. He said he and the alleged victim were friends and he had been over at the house having a conversation.

As to the resisting arrest charge, Shmulsky said his client was unaware that he was under arrest at the time of the alleged confrontation with police.

According to the Berkshire District Attorney's Office, Grady has a police record, including seven drug convictions for which he has served "lengthy prison time."

Judge Philip A. Beattie ordered Grady held on $1,500 cash or $15,000 bail bond. He is due back in court in June for a pretrial hearing.

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