Footprints in snow lead Pittsfield police to suspects in car break-ins


PITTSFIELD -- Police say the two sets of footprints in the snow that led from one car break-in to another early Sunday also led them to a pair of suspects.

Akeem Leclair, 19, of Robbins Avenue, and Duane Reynolds, 17, of Dove Street, pleaded not guilty on Monday in Central Berkshire District Court to four felonies and were released on personal recognizance by Judge Paul M. Vrabel.

According to a Pittsfield Police report, a Burke Avenue resident called 911 to report two people breaking in to his truck at about 5 a.m. Sunday. Police followed tracks in the snow, which led them to Leclair who was arrested a street over from where the alleged crimes had been committed. A few minutes later, police found Reynolds under the porch of 323 Lenox Ave. and took him into custody.

Police said they found a pile of items on Burke Avenue that included car fuses, a box cutter and a pair of glasses allegedly taken from one of the vehicles.

The two defendants are accused of breaking into two vehicles and attempting two others. Police said more charges are possible in the case as they continue to investigate and determine whether there were more victims.

While Leclair was being booked, police allegedly discovered a stolen credit card for a local furniture company in the defendant's backpack.

Both teens are facing two charges each of breaking and entering in a motor vehicle in the nighttime for a felony and two charges of attempted breaking and entering into a motor vehicle.

Leclair is additionally facing a misdemeanor charge of receiving a stolen credit card. He is represented by attorney Kenneth G. Warren Jr. Reynolds' lawyer is Thomas M. Sherman Jr. Both defendants are expected back in court next month.


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