PITTSFIELD -- A New York City man who allegedly tried to sell electronics back to the victim of a South County break-in is in police custody and is expected to be arraigned in district court today.
Gregory Snipes, 28, was arrested in a sting operation Friday evening after he allegedly called the victim of a Great Barrington burglary that occurred the day before and told her he would sell her the iPad that had been taken, according to Pittsfield police. He told the woman he had purchased the iPad in Lanesborough, and when he realized it had been stolen, he wanted to return it to her.
The woman immediately called law enforcement officials, who arranged to send an officer to meet Snipes on Tyler Street.
Snipes, believing the officer was the woman he had spoken to, sold her the iPad and was arrested, police said. When taken into custody, investigators allegedly found crack cocaine on Snipes and later learned he was wanted in New York state on drug charges.
Snipes is being held on $20,000 cash bail pending his arraignment in Central Berkshire District Court on single counts of receiving stolen property over $250, possession of crack cocaine with the intent to distribute, a school zone violation (for possessing crack within 300 feet of a school), and being a fugitive from justice.
It was unclear whether Snipes will be facing breaking and entering charges from South County.
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