PITTSFIELD -- Three local teens are facing felony charges after they were allegedly caught using a station wagon stolen in South County to drive to Pittsfield and break into other vehicles.
Dylan Perusse, 18, of High Street in Dalton, and two 16-year-old males, one from Sandisfield, the other from Great Barrington, were arrested early Monday morning after a Highland Avenue resident called police to report he found someone sitting in his Jeep, which parked in his driveway, according to Pittsfield Police.
The resident told police he saw a flashlight pass by his window just after 3 a.m. and then watched a man, later identified as Perusse, walk across his lawn and get in his Jeep, police said. The resident told police he confronted Perusse who then ran off. He was arrested a short time later on Highland Avenue.
When police officers arrived on scene they allegedly found a stolen 2007 Subaru Impreza parked nearby with the two juveniles inside. They too were arrested.
The Subaru that had been reported stolen from South Street in Great Barrington a few hours before the teens’ arrests.
All three were charged with felony receiving a stolen motor vehicle and breaking and entering into a motor vehicle in the nighttime for a felony and misdemeanor minor in possession of alcohol charges. The teens allegedly admitted drinking rye whiskey they found inside the car.
Perusse also was charged with felony larceny of a motor vehicle after allegedly admitting to police that he had stolen the car on this occasion and on a prior occasion after finding the car unlocked and the keys inside. Police say he confessed that he and his co-defendants drove the car to Pittsfield, went to McDonald’s for food and then drove to the Highland Avenue area to look for cars to break into.
A car on the same block also appeared to have been rummaged through, but nothing was apparently stolen, according to a probable cause report.
Perusse pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday and was released by Judge Paul M. Vrabel to reappear in court Feb. 20.
According to Perusse’s lawyer, Joseph P. Colonna, his client has no criminal record.
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