3 charged in connection with break-ins at Camp Russell in Richmond

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PITTSFIELD — Three Berkshire men are facing multiple charges in connection with a series of break-ins and copper thefts from vacant buildings at Camp Russell in Richmond.

Alec P. Vincent, 23, and Cody Vincent 25, both of Lenox, and Jason B. Brodeur, 29, of Richmond, allegedly broke into several buildings at the camp on Nov. 20, 2017, according to state police reports.

A staff member doing a check of the property, which had closed in September, discovered that three buildings had been broken into.

The entrance gates had not been tampered with, and police believe the culprits got into the camp on foot or with an off-road vehicle.

Doors to the camp restrooms had been forced open and all of the copper piping inside had been cut and removed. Similar damage was noted at the dining hall, which also had its copper piping removed.

The recreation hall also showed signs of a forced entry, but nothing appeared to have been taken from that building.

The break-ins caused an estimated $3,000 worth of damage.

Other items of value weren't taken and a large box of copper piping that camp employees would have been aware of was also not taken.

Following the November incident, cameras were installed around the property, and on Dec. 22 state police were notified the camp had again been broken into. Three males, identified as Brodeur and the Vincent brothers, were seen on the footage, as was a 2014 Jeep registered to Alec Vincent.

Alec Vincent and Brodeur admitted to police that they broke into buildings at the camp on at least three occasions, stole copper and recycled it for cash.

Vincent said his brother, Cody, was with them during the final break-in, and said incidents took place between late October and early December.

He told police he stole and liquidated the copper to support a heroin addiction.

Alec Vincent and Brodeur each pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday to four counts each of felony daytime breaking and entering into a building and larceny from a building.

Both men were released on their own recognizance with the condition they stay away from the campground. They are both due back in court on April 12.

Cody Vincent failed to appear for his arraignment on three counts of felony daytime breaking and entering into a building and one count of larceny from a building.

Judge Mark J. Pasquariello issued warrant for his arrest.

Reach Bob Dunn at bdunn@berkshireeagle.com, at @BobDunn413 on Twitter and 413-496-6249.


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