Two men with criminal histories charged after Hancock break-in
PITTSFIELD — Two men with criminal pasts are facing new charges after they were allegedly caught leaving the scene of a Hancock burglary.
Sean M. Dufur, 29, of Adams, and Bruce L. Trudeau, 40, of Pittsfield, were pulled over near Madden Road on Tuesday morning after a state trooper spotted them in a car that matched the description provided by a witness who reported the break-in.
Trudeau, whose license was under suspension, was driving the vehicle, police said. Dufur was in the passenger seat and was identified by a witness as the man who left the Whitman Road residence and placed a white, plastic bag into the trunk of the black sedan and get into the passenger side.
Police checked the home and found a glass window and a screen had been broken and the phone system had been disconnected. Items taken from the building include a metal serving tray and "multiple drinking cups."
Both men pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Wednesday to charges of malicious destruction of property over $250, daytime breaking and entering into a building with the intent to commit a felony and larceny from a building. Trudeau pleaded not guilty to an additional charge of operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license.
Trudeau admitted to the suspended license charge, but he insisted he had nothing to do with the alleged break-in and said he was only there to give Dufur a ride after he'd been fishing.
He told Judge Paul Smyth that despite his criminal record, which includes prior breaking and entering charges, he had never missed a court appearance.
Trudeau was released on recognizance with conditions including avoiding drugs and alcohol with random screenings and submitting to GPS monitoring.
Prosecutors and Dufur's attorney, Katherine Brennan recommended personal recognizance with the same release conditions for him, but Smyth disagreed and set $5,000 bail. He said there was more evidence to link Dufur to the break-in, and he noted Dufur's criminal past, which includes breaking and entering charges.
If Dufur posts bail, he will be subject to the same release conditions as Trudeau.
Both men are due back in court on June 9 for pretrial hearings.
Reach staff writer Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249 or @BobDunn413 on Twitter.
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