North Adams man sentenced to 6 months in jail for stealing cash from apartment


NORTH ADAMS >> A local man with a history of break-ins was sentenced to six months in jail on Friday.

On June 4, Brett McConnell, 20, allegedly walked into a Pleasant Street, Adams apartment and stole cash out of a man's wallet.

The man reported the incident to Adams Police Sgt. Donna Malloy, who was nearby at the time. The victim's description matched that of McConnell, whom Malloy had dealt with earlier in the day and is known for breaking and entering, she wrote in a police report.

Malloy tracked McConnell down near the victim's apartment and discovered he was in possession of $500. Noting that McConnell is unemployed and homeless, Malloy noted it was odd that he would carry five $100 bills.

In January of 2015, McConnell was sentenced to a year of probation after he was convicted of walking into several homes in North Adams that resulted in five counts of breaking and entering.

Less than a year later, McConnell was sentenced to 74 days in the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction following his conviction on charges of larceny under $250 and breaking and entering in the daytime for a misdemeanor.

Friday, McConnell admitted to sufficient facts in Northern Berkshire District Court and was found guilty of breaking and entering in the daytime for a felony and larceny over $250. A charge of possessing a burglarious instrument was dismissed upon the request of the commonwealth.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376


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