NORTH ADAMS -- A city man is facing felony charges for allegedly breaking into a variety store and stealing several cases of beer.

Brandon Smith, 18, of Hall Street, allegedly used a bat to break into Ed's Variety on Union Street early Sunday morning. When police arrived a short while later, they found a number of empty beer cans scattered in the area and Smith standing in the road near the store.

Police arrested Smith based on witness interviews before reviewing store security footage, according to a probable cause statement written by North Adams Police Officer David Lemieux.

The security footage allegedly showed Smith smashing the glass door of Ed's Variety with a baseball bat, which police had recovered earlier behind an East Main Street fence.

Though Smith apparently tried to cover his face with clothing during the break-in, the footage showed the perpetrator wearing a Cleveland Cavaliers jersey that matched the suspect's, according to the police report.

Smith pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday to charges of felony breaking and entering, malicious destruction of property over $250, larceny from a building, and larceny under $250.

He was held on $1,000 cash bail and remanded to Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction.

He is due back in court on Sept. 3 for a pretrial hearing, and was represented by attorney Michelle Mechta.

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