PITTSFIELD -- An ex-convict is facing felony breaking and entering charges after a man allegedly awoke to find him and two other people trying to steal a big-screen television from his Pittsfield home.

James N. Adams, 51, of South John Street, and two others were in the midst of stealing the television in a West Street home in the early morning hours of Nov. 21 when a 52-year-old resident woke up and confronted the intruders, according to a Pittsfield Police report.

The man told police he was able to wrestle the TV away from Adams, who is an acquaintance of his. All three of the alleged perpetrators then ran out of the building, jumped into a car parked nearby and drove off, the man told police. He said the television’s remote control and cord were taken.

The man believed his back door had been locked when he went to bed, but police found no evidence of forced entry.

Adams was arrested on a warrant Monday evening. The other two alleged perpetrators were not identified.

Adams pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to a single count of felony breaking and entering in the nighttime.

According to his attorney, David C. Cafarelli, the prosecution has a weak case.

He said there were no independent witnesses to the alleged crime and the case rested on the word of one man.

The attorney admitted his client had a record, but said he always showed up for court.

According to the Berkshire District Attorney’s Office, Adams has a lengthy criminal record stretching back to 1979 and has served prison time on drug charges.

Judge Fredric D. Rutberg released Adams on personal recognizance. He is due back in court on Feb. 13.

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