HANCOCK -- Two New York men have been charged with stealing a change machine and coins from two video game systems in the basement of Jiminy Peak's Country Inn last October.
The defendants, from Petersburg, N.Y., allegedly broke into the room using a tire iron and stole the change machine, valued at $2,000, and the coins deposited in the "Candy Crane" and "Target Force Gold" video games.
Alexander Bink, 20, of Route 22, was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court and pleaded not guilty Monday to five counts of vandalizing property, three counts of breaking into a depository, larceny from a building, trespassing, breaking and entering in the nighttime for a felony, possession of a burglarious instrument, and receiving stolen property over $250.
A warrant was issued for the arrest of Matthew Adrion, 24, of Taconic Trail, who failed to appear on the same charges.
Bink and Adrion allegedly ripped the change machine off the wall at the Country Inn and eventually left it in the woods about 0.3 miles from Bink's home, according to the police report.
The months-long investigation was pieced together after Adrion was charged in Benninton, Vt., with allegedly breaking into Mount Anthony Union High School.
There were no functional security cameras in the gaming room, according to the report.