Police say Pittsfield woman accused in MCLA car thefts carted off stolen items in stroller

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NORTH ADAMS — While pushing an empty stroller, a Pittsfield woman allegedly broke into multiple motor vehicles near the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts last week.

Amethyst Shipman, 23, allegedly used the stroller to haul the items she had stolen from multiple vehicles near and around the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts campus in the early hours of October 21.

After a witness reported her to police at about 1 a.m., an officer tracked her while walking down on Spring Street. When asked where she had come from, Shipman allegedly said she was not sure, according to a probable cause affidavit filed by North Adams Police Officer Ivan Cardeno.

Shipman then allegedly said that she was staying at a friend's house, named "John," but that she did not know his last name or his address.

According to police, Shipman claimed that the stroller and its contents, which included a tripod and lights, belonged to her. Also found in the stroller was an iPod, sunglasses, a tire pressure gauge, and a cell phone holder.

The reporting witness later confirmed that Shipman was indeed the woman he saw breaking into motor vehicles while outside smoking a cigarette, according to the police report.

There were allegedly three parked cars on Chestnut Street that Shipman had broken into, but she had abandoned some of the property once she was spotted by the witness. She had also allegedly stolen the laptop—and later abandoned it—out of a motor vehicle belonging to a Corinth Street resident.

The following morning, police were informed that several other vehicles in the area had been broken into.

In speaking with police after her arrest, Shipman allegedly admitted to breaking into two motor vehicles, but denied entering four.

Shipman was scheduled to be arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on Wednesday after being released on personal recognizance, but failed to appear. A warrant has been issued for her arrest. She will face eight counts of breaking and entering a motor vehicle in the nighttime for a felony, a single count of larceny over $250, and two counts of larceny under $250.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376


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