PITTSFIELD -- Two city men were arrested at Avid Sports on West Housatonic Street on Friday where they were allegedly trying to pawn a stolen compound bow worth roughly $1,000.
The bow, a Mathews ZXT, was taken from owner James Hespelein's truck Tuesday night between the hours of 11 p.m. and 6 a.m. in the Cromwell Avenue neighborhood.
Hespelein, an avid hunter, said the theft angered him but he took an active approach to seeing it resolved.
"When I figured out my bow was stolen I went around to the local archery shops and told them what the product was and to look out for it," Hespelein said.
Hespelein's girlfriend, Beth Maturevich, created a Facebook page to raise awareness about the theft as well.
So when city residents Joshua Little, 22, and Robin Houghtling, 19, turned up in Avid Sports wanting to sell the same model bow Friday, store owner Eric Kickery knew to call Hespelein and the police.
Hespelein beat them there.
"We looked at the serial number and it was a match," Kickery said.
The police came to the same conclusion.
"We determined that it was indeed the bow, and the pair will be charged with receiving stolen property over $250," said Sgt. Matthew Hill of the Pittsfield Police Department.
"The stars lined up and I'm extremely happy everyone did their jobs," Hespelein said. "I was very fortunate in a case like this. [The bow] is exactly as I had it taken from me and being held in evidence. I was told I'd get it back in a day or two."
Little and Houghtling are scheduled for arraignment in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday. They have been released on bail.
Hespelein said other break-ins have occurred in the neighborhood recently and, according to Hill, an investigation could lead to more charges against the pair.
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