PITTSFIELD -- A 26-year-old man staying at the Berkshire Inn was arrested for allegedly breaking into a Pittsfield home Friday and taking off with a jar of change.
Roughly $50 worth of change was taken from the Hawthorne Avenue home, Pittsfield Police Department Officer Darren Derby said.
Shaun Dufur, who was also wanted on a warrant in connection with a Lanesborough home break-in, was arrested and charged with breaking and entering in the daytime with intent to commit a felony and a second felony charge of larceny in the case.
Police received a report of somebody breaking and entering the home at about 12:30 p.m. A white male in a black hooded sweatshirt was reported to have been seen running down Oxford Street, Pittsfield Police Department Sgt. Michael Maddalena said.
Dufur is accused of breaking into the home by forcing his way through a rear window.
After interviewing neighbors and witnesses, officers went to the motel with a description of the subject and located Dufur in his room. They uncovered the glass jar with piles of change, as well as clothing matching the description.
Jewelry and other items which police believe were taken in additional burglaries were found. Detectives will be notifying local crime victims about the items to see if they are connected.
Dufur is being held at the Pittsfield Police Department while he awaits arraignment. Bail was set at $5,000 by a magistrate.
The burglary arrest followed two other burglary reports on Friday.
In one incident reported Friday morning on Danforth Avenue, an individual smashed two cellar windows, smashed a lawn statue, sensor lights and vandalized a cellar. The person tried to remove an air conditioning unit but was unsuccessful.
Maddalena believes he was thwarted from entering the home by the barks of two pit bulls.