Family accused in statewide burglary ring to go on trial next month
PITTSFIELD >> A family of four is due to begin a two to four-week long trial next month on over 100 charges with up to 92 prosecution witnesses weighing in.
James and Nancy Tarjick and their sons, Aaron and James "Jamie" Tarjick Jr. have been accused of running a statewide burglary ring stretching from the Berkshires to Cape Cod.
It's alleged the brothers broke into and burgled homes and warehoused the items on their parents' Windsor property to be sold.
Judge Daniel Ford set a hearing date of August 30 to argue any motions in the case and a trial start date of September 6.
A fifth defendant, John Smith, of Hinsdale also faces charges related to one of the alleged burglaries, but will be tried separately.
Smith has pleaded not guilty to eight charges in that incident, in which he allegedly burglarized a former employer's home in retaliation for being denied unemployment benefits.
Smith's trial will likely begin after the Tarjicks' concludes.
A break in the main case came when Aaron Tarjick allegedly committed some of the robberies while on pretrial release on another matter and wearing an electronic monitoring device.
Investigators were able to match Aaron Tarjick's location data to homes where robberies had been reported.
Police also used data from Jamie Tarjick's cellphone in conjunction with other data to link him to at least 80 of approximately 140 break-ins.
Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Joseph Yorlano said the brothers face charges in Hampshire County as well as locally and are suspects in other break-ins in Hampden and Yarmouth counties.
Police allegedly found about 200 allegedly stolen items at Jamie Tarjick's home and another 40 allegedly purloined items at the home of his parents when police raided both properties on Jan. 14, 2015.
Among the items recovered included a gas grill, a stove, a mountain bike and a gas-powered generator. Prosecutors allege the brothers stole the items for the purpose of reselling them, warehousing them at their parents' home.
Investigators say they have recorded conversations between Nancy and Aaron Tarjick while Aaron was in prison discussing trying to sell various items.
Aaron Tarjick has pleaded not guilty to 25 counts of larceny over $250, 13 counts of felony nighttime breaking and entering into a boat or vehicle, 10 counts of felony nighttime breaking and entering into a building, seven counts of unarmed burglary, three counts of larceny of a firearm and once count each of motor vehicle larceny and larceny under $250.
Jamie Tarjick has pleaded not guilty to 10 counts of larceny over $250, nine counts of receiving stolen property over $250, six counts of felony nighttime breaking and entering into a boat or vehicle, five counts of unarmed burglary, three counts of larceny of a firearm and one count each of felony nighttime breaking and entering into a building, motor vehicle larceny and being a common receiver.
The elder Tarjicks have pleaded not guilty to 10 counts each of receiving stolen property over $250.
Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.
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