PITTSFIELD -- A city man who allegedly conspired to rob the son of a bar owner of the establishment’s cash is free on his own recognizance after denying the charges.
Dennis H. Hall Jr., 33, allegedly conspired with James Cantarella, 28, to rob the son of the owner of Johnny’s Beach Club on Wahconah Street, when the man arrived home after work with the bar’s cash receipts, according to the Berkshire County Drug Task Force.
Acting on a tip from an informant, police staked out the alleged victim’s Club Circle residence on March 16 and saw Cantarella and Hall drive slowly by the home several times. After the car was stopped, investigators allegedly recovered a break-in kit containing masks, gloves, various tools and a working police scanner. A metal baseball bat allegedly also was found in the car.
Lawyers for the two men deny their clients were up to no good. Hall was merely a passenger in Cantarella’s car and didn’t do anything wrong, his attorney, Robert D. Sullivan Jr., has said.
Hall pleaded not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court on Thursday to attempted armed robbery and conspiracy to commit armed robbery and was released on personal recognizance.
A pretrial hearing in the case was set for December.
Cantarella is scheduled to be arraigned Wednesday in Superior Court.
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