PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield man is in jail after he was allegedly caught breaking into a vehicle in broad daylight on Friday afternoon in Pittsfield.

Nicholas McNeil, 34, was arrested by Pittsfield Police in the parking lot of The Lantern on North Street after the vehicle's owner allegedly caught him taking an iPod out of the car.

The car owner held McNeil and flagged down a state police trooper who was driving by, Pittsfield Police Sgt. Mark Trapani said.

Pittsfield police responded and arrested McNeil, charging him with breaking and entering into a vehicle and possessing Percoset pills without a prescription. He was also found with another iPod, which had been reported stolen from an unlocked vehicle in the parking lot of a local supermarket, Trapani said.

Later that night, McNeil was additionally charged in connection with a purse snatching of an elderly woman which occurred Dec. 10 on Bradford Street. McNeil had been questioned initially that evening about the incident but was not charged. McNeil allegedly confessed to the crime on Friday, Trapani said.

McNeil could face other charges in connection with additional break-ins throughout the city, Trapani said. McNeil is being held on $10,000 bail at the Berkshire Jail and House of Corrections until an arraignment scheduled for Monday at Central Berkshire District Court in Pittsfield.

To reach Nathan Mayberg:
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