GREAT BARRINGTON -- A New York man was arrested on Sunday after he allegedly stole an estimated $10,000 worth of antiques from several South County stores, according to local authorities.

Alfred Girardi, 47, of Oyster Bay, allegedly grabbed mostly rare books and other collectibles from one undisclosed store in Sheffield and four others in Great Barrington, within roughly a one-hour period.

Following the Sheffield theft shortly after 1:30 p.m., police issued an alert to all area law enforcement to be on the lookout for the suspect driving a Honda Pilot.

About 2:30 p.m., West Stockbridge police, based on the vehicle description, stopped Girardi as he was traveling on Route 41 in the center of town. With the assistance of Great Barrington police, Girardi was arrested, apparently in possession of all the stolen merchandise, police said.

He was taken to the Great Barrington jail, where he's being held on $2,500 bail pending his arraignment this morning in Southern Berkshire District Court on three counts of larceny over $250 and one county of larceny under $250. Sheffield police are also expected level charges.

Police officers Victor Zucco of Great Barrington and Tricia Wilkinson handled the investigation.

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