Pittsfield man charged with stealing from residence


PITTSFIELD -- Police have charged a Pittsfield man with allegedly stealing a washer, dryer, chairs and refrigerator from a home he lived in.

Joseph Wiggins, 37, allegedly took the items after he moved out of his home in December, according to Pittsfield police.

In a bail hearing on Friday in Central Berkshire District Court, his attorney David Pixley said that Wiggins was moving out of a home which had been foreclosed on by the bank.

Pixley told Judge Paul Vrabel that the bank had paid Wiggins to move out of the home, which had previously been owned by somebody else. The former owner and landlord accused Wiggins of taking the chairs, washer and refrigerator which she said had belonged to her. "There is no proof of ownership," Pixley said.

The washer and dryer and been estimated to have a value of $300 each, with the refrigerator estimated to have a value of $1,000. The two chairs were estimated by the owner to have a combined value of $600.

Wiggins was also accused of witness intimidation for allegedly telling his former landlord "you better watch out," after he took the items, according to police.

Berkshire Assistant District Attorney Dan Hespeler described Wiggins as a "career criminal" during his arraignment on Friday while attempting to revoke his bail on an outstanding domestic violence charge from December. Pixley said that Wiggins and his partner have been together for 16 years and that she will not testify against him in the case. Vrabel agreed not to revoke the bail on the case.

Wiggins was released on his own personal recognizance pending a future court date.


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