NEW MARLBOROUGH -- Troy Osborne, of Canaan, Conn., and Mark St. John, of Norfolk, Conn., are scheduled to appear on March 10 for a reparation hearing, following a court appearance Monday.

The two Connecticut men face six charges for allegedly breaking and entering, and stealing $12,226 in equipment from Wilkinson Excavating Gravel Pit in Sheffield and then the New Marlborough Highway Department.

According to a statement by Trooper Dominic DiTomaso, Osborne, 25, and St. John, 23, went drinking at State Line Pizza in Canaan on Sept. 19, and later in the night went driving through the Berkshires.

The men stopped at Wilkinson Excavating for a bathroom break. They then stole bucket loaders, tools from a Chevrolet work truck, along with other materials, police said. From there, the men allegedly decided to break into the New Marlborough Highway Department.

By entering through a window, they were able to steal several pieces of costly equipment that includes chainsaws, backpack leaf blowers, gas-powered concrete saws, along with chains and chain binders from a trailer parked out back, police said.

Town officials contacted the New Marlborough Police Department at 7 a.m. the following morning. Surveillance cameras on the property captured the two males entering the building shortly past midnight. Canaan police were alerted of the robbery, which eventually resulted in Osborne being brought in for questioning. He allegedly confessed to the crime.

Both Osborne and St. John are charged with breaking and entering a building and truck; larceny from a building; larceny under $250; and conspiracy.

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