North Adams man charged in string of burglaries


NORTH ADAMS — A city man whose image allegedly was captured carrying a TV down the street has been arrested in connection with a recent string of burglaries.

Stephen Stanley, 31, allegedly admitted to officers that he broke into homes on Church Street and Highland Avenue in August, stealing televisions and computers.

He was identified as the suspect after Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts security cameras twice — on Aug. 18 and Aug. 23 — caught him walking down Montana Street carrying televisions, according to the probable cause report written by North Adams Police Officer Jonathan Beaudreau. His appearance in the video matched the description of the suspect given by witnesses near recent burglaries.

Police responded on Aug. 21 to a reported break-in at 225 Church St., where the homeowners discovered their 24-inch flat screen TV and 17-inch laptop had been stolen. On Aug. 23, a past break-in was reported at 19 Elmwood Ave., which included the theft of a 32-inch television on Aug. 18.

Later on Aug. 23, residents on Highland Avenue reported to police that their home had been broken into and two televisions were stolen, as well as a change container with $30 to $50 inside.

After North Adams Police posted about the break-ins, a man came forward and said that Stanley had brought two televisions and laptop to his apartment, but denied knowledge that they were stolen, according to the police report.

Upon further investigation, police learned from a confidential informant that Stanley allegedly had tried to sell two televisions for $100 each.

In a phone conversation with police, Stanley allegedly admitted that "he had begun using drugs again and made some mistakes recently," the report states. Stanley eventually turned over a stolen television himself, and a third was seized in a drug raid on a Bracewell Avenue home.

In an interview with police, Stanley allegedly admitted to the Church Street and the Highland Avenue break-ins, but denied involvement in the Elmwood Avenue theft. He stated that he acted alone in both robberies, according to the report.

He pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Wednesday to two counts of breaking and entering in the daytime for a felony, two counts of larceny over $250, and single counts of breaking and entering for a misdemeanor, larceny under $250, malicious destruction of property over $250, and being a common and notorious thief.

He was ordered held on $7,500 cash bail; a pretrial hearing was scheduled for Oct. 5.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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