New Marlborough man gets jail time for string of robberies


GREAT BARRINGTON >> A New Marlborough man is behind bars following his conviction on a series of robbery charges, as well as attempting to flee custody.

Brian J. Trauter, Jr., 32, of Clayton Mill River Road, Southfield, was sentenced on Thursday by Judge Paul Vrabel to 90 days in the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction with credit for 33 days served.

Trauter was found guilty of two counts of larceny by credit card and one count of larceny over $250. On a separate docket, which was connected to this case, he was found guilty of attempting to escape from a penal institution.

According to a report filed by Officer John Mullen of the New Marlborough Police Department, he responded to a report of a larceny on June 23, 2016.

The victim reported his debit card had been stolen, and over the course of a month, about $1,000 had been charged to it. All the stores were in the western Connecticut area, according to the report.

A few days later, the same victim reported about $600 worth of woodworking equipment had been stolen from his garage. Mullen and New Marlborough Police Chief Graham Frank eventually located the stolen equipment in a pawn shop in Winsted, Conn.

As a result of their investigation, police determined that Trauter was the culprit. He was arrested on July 18 and arraigned in Southern Berkshire District Court. He was ordered held without bail by Vrabel.

During a pretrial hearing, Trauter reportedly tried to escape from custody by shedding his handcuffs and shackles, police said. He was eventually controlled by court officers. But because of his resistance, was charged with an escape attempt.

Contact Derek Gentile at 413-496-6251.


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