PITTSFIELD -- A Dalton man accused of a brazen daytime break-in of a city home is being held on $2,000 bail after denying the charges.

A 36-year-old woman returned to her Cecelia Terrace home at about 4 p.m. Tuesday to find Daniel L. Moore inside, apparently trying to steal a large screen television, according to the Pittsfield Police.

When police arrived, the woman had locked herself and her two children inside her car. Her boyfriend, who had called police after being alerted that the home's alarm had been tripped, arrived just as police showed up.

A search of the house didn't turn up the intruder, but police said they found a black backpack nearby containing items stolen from the home, along with Moore's identification information as well as a change of clothes that matched those worn by the intruder. Police said they recovered a laptop, an Xbox video game system and jewelry. A pry bar was also allegedly found.

Police officers stopped Moore, 31, of Frederick Drive, a few blocks from the crime scene minutes after the break-in. A police officer said Moore was sweating profusely and breathing heavily. After the complaining witness identified Moore -- she said she was 99.9 percent sure he was the intruder -- he was arrested.

On Wednesday in Central Berkshire District Court, Moore denied four felony charges, including breaking and entering in the daytime for a felony, larceny from a building, vandalizing property and possession of burglary tools.

Attorney David C.


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Cafarelli,
representing Moore on bail matters, told the court that his client strenuously denied the charges, wasn't found with anything on him and had witnesses who would testify to his whereabouts during the time frame of the break-in.

The lawyer said Moore was sweaty from walking on a hot day. He said even $100 bail would be more than his client could come up with.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Jason Lederman asked the court to set bail at $2,000, saying Moore had a criminal record that included assault charges, and ties to Florida.

Judge Margaret R. Guzman set bail at $2,000 cash or surety, calling the allegations "serious" and citing Moore's criminal record.

Moore is due back in court for a pretrial hearing on Aug. 14.

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