WILLIAMSTOWN -- A town resident is facing felony charges for allegedly breaking into Images Cinema.
Philip Cantelon, 43, of Main Street, allegedly used a screwdriver on Monday to disarm the lock on an alley entrance to the Spring Street cinema, which was closed at the time. Nothing was stolen, police said.
Images Cinema Managing Director Janet Curran was inside when Cantelon allegedly forced his way into the building, according to a criminal complaint filed by Williamstown Sgt. Scott McGowan. When Cantelon realized Curran was present, the report states, he immediately left.
Curran recognized Cantelon, a former bartender at a nearby establishment, and alerted police. McGowan caught up with Cantelon on Water Street, the report states, where he was arrested and found to be in possession of a screwdriver.
Cantelon told police he did nothing wrong, according to the report, and that he was there "to pick up cans." Cantelon also allegedly claimed the door was unlocked, but a damaged lock was found at the scene, according to the report.
Cantelon pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Friday on charges of felony breaking and entering, possession of a burglarious instrument, and vandalizing property. He was released on personal recognizance.
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