Pittsfield men allegedly caught burglarizing home damaged by fire


PITTSFIELD — A pair of city men — one of whom was arrested at gunpoint — are being held without bail following an alleged burglary of a house recently vacated by fire.

Shaun Charow, 29 and Michael Holmes, 30, were spotted entering the house on Acorn Street about 1:15 a.m. Thursday by a resident who became suspicious because the house had been empty since the fire, according to a report by Pittsfield Police Patrol Officer Cheryl Callahan.

When police arrived, officers found an open porch door at the rear of the house and saw Charow exiting. Callahan drew her weapon and ordered Charow to show his hands and to get on the ground, which he did.

While Officer Shaun Gariepy was speaking with the person who called in the report, they spotted Holmes walking from the house and, he too, was ordered to the ground and taken into custody.

Holmes allegedly told police it was only he and Charow in the house and said, "I was just being stupid. I'm broke."

Holmes also admitted to a drug problem, police said.

Officers found the window of the home's rear door broken and pry marks on the door jamb. They also found the living room window open and a screwdriver on the floor.

Charow allegedly was found with a pair of gloves and a flashlight. Holmes had one glove, a flashlight, a screwdriver and a gold chain when he was taken into custody, according to police.

Each man pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Thursday to charges of felony breaking and entering in the nighttime, vandalizing property and possession of a burglarious instrument.

Charow's bail was revoked for allegedly violating conditions of his probation from a 2014 breaking and entering case.

Holmes is being held without bail pending a May 19 pretrial hearing unless an agreement can be reached before then regarding his current case and a pair of open matters, according to his attorney, Joseph Zlatnik.

Judge William Rota set bail in Charow's new case at $2,500 and gave him a pretrial hearing date of June 8 and set a $1,000 bail for Holmes in his new case.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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