3 charged in campus break-ins

Thursday June 14, 2012

PITTSFIELD -- Three men pleaded not guilty Wednesday in Berkshire Superior Court to several charges related to break-ins and electronics thefts in North County, including some at Williams College and the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.

Richard C. Jones III, 27, of Chase Avenue in North Adams, was arraigned on 37 charges for his alleged involvement in a series of break-ins from February to March of this year, including burglaries of Williams College dorm rooms. Computers were stolen in many of the alleged crimes.

Jones is represented by attorney Colin Keefe and will be back in court next month. He is out on personal recognizance.

Lance C. Latimer, 32, of East Main Street in North Adams, was arraigned on five charges related to two of the break-ins in Williamstown as well as allegedly possessing stolen items taken in the burglaries.

Latimer is represented by attorney Marc C. Vincelette.

Michael J. Mitchell, 35, of Water Street in Williamstown, is facing three felonies related to a North Adams break-in in March.

Anthony Gianacopoulos is Mitchell's lawyer.

All three defendants are out on personal recognizance. September pretrial hearings are scheduled for Mitchell and Latimer.

Last week, the alleged mastermind of many of the crimes, Joseph Pini, 35, of Blackinton Street in North Adams, was arraigned in Berkshire Sup erior Court and held on $40,000 cash or $400,000 surety bail. He pleaded not guilty to 32 charges.

Alexander Z. Nappan is representing him in the case.

Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Marianne Shelvey is prosecuting all four defendants.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Williamstown and North Adams Police Departments.


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