PITTSFIELD -- A city man who allegedly stole a car for $5 is free on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty to a felony charge.

According to the Pittsfield Police, Thomas E. Buckley III, 24, of Montgomery Avenue, stole a 1993 Honda Accord from the parking lot of the Big Y World Class Market on West Street at about 7 p.m. Monday.

The owner of the vehicle told police he had left his car unlocked and the keys in the center console when he ran into the grocery store to buy a few items. When he returned, his car was gone.

Police were able to identify Buckley as the car thief via security camera footage, according to a police report.

When taken into custody, Buckley allegedly told police he had been offered $5 by a friend to steal the car and leave it at an Oak Street address. When his friend didn't show, he drove the car to a liquor store on Tyler Street, bought alcohol and abandoned the car there, police said.

Police said the car wasn't found at either location and is still missing.

On Tuesday, Buckley was arraigned in Central Berkshire District Court, pleaded not guilty to a single count of felony larceny of a motor vehicle and was released on personal recognizance by Judge Margaret R. Guzman.

The Berkshire District Attorney's Office did not request bail in the case.

Buckley, represented by attorney Joshua C. Hochberg, is due back in court next month.

To reach Andrew Amelinckx:
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or (413) 496-6249.


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