Pittsfield man faces charges in theft of TVs, burglary, assault


PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield man allegedly responsible for multiple television thefts, a burglary and an assault with a knife was arrested early Wednesday after he allegedly broke into a residence and tried to steal a safe.

Todd Leclair, 21, was arrested about 2 a.m. on Merriam Street after a resident came home and found the light on in his room and the window open. He found his safe on the ground outside, and allegedly spotted Leclair in the bushes.

He held Leclair, who used to live at the home, while the homeowner called police.

Leclair had been wanted for allegedly stealing a 42-inch flat screen television that his cousin gave to him to sell last month. After Leclair took off with the TV, with an estimated value of $800, his cousin allegedly assaulted a friend of Leclair's over the theft.

Police had a warrant out for Leclair on an additional charge that he stole a 32-inch flat screen television last month from a woman he knew.

In March, Leclair was arrested for cutting a man with a knife after he was ejected from a Wellington Avenue residence for arguing with several females. The victim told police that Leclair had been accused by several in the home of putting pills inside their drinks. After being led out of the home, Leclair allegedly cut the man in the arm and neck.

Police arrested four people last month for allegedly breaking into a home on South Atlantic Street and asking where Leclair was.

Leclair pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday to a number of charges. His attorney, William Barry, agreed with prosecutors to have his client held at the Berkshire County Jail & House of Correction until further proceedings on May 20 in an agreement approved by Judge Thomas Estes.

Leclair's bail was also revoked on the March case involving the alleged assault.

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