Update: Lenox woman held in connection with break-ins


LENOX - A 26-year-old Lenox resident is being held without bail until her next court date on Dec. 10 after a hearing on Monday on felony charges stemming from two recent house break-ins near the center of Lenox.

Judge Jacqueline Connly on Monday revoked bail for Lauren M. Duffin, of 166 Housatonic St., on the recommendation of the Berkshire District Attorney's office. Until her arrest on Friday, Duffin had been free pending a Pittsfield jury trial in connection with two other previous Lenox break-ins.

On Friday, Lenox police, aided by state police, arrested Duffin on new charges following an attempted burglary on Cliffwood Street, according to the police report. Duffin was held over the weekend on $250 bail pending her Monday appearance at Southern Berkshire District Court.

Duffin, who is unemployed and is now being represented by public defender Susan O'Leary, had been charged previously with daytime break-ins on Old Center Street and on Housatonic Street, police said.

Lenox officers John Willey and William Colvin responded to the scene of the Cliffwood Street incident on Friday.

According to police, Colvin received a call from a Cliffwood Street resident on Friday at 11:30 a.m. reporting that a woman wearing a hooded jacket and accompanied by a child had been attempting to break into his home.

Duffin was soon located on West Street at Kneeland Avenue by a state police trooper from the Lee barracks who was assisting Lenox police.

Duffin was detained until a witness identified her, after which she was arrested. The child, Duffin's daughter, was released to Duffin's parents.

During an interview with Willey at the police station, Duffin admitted to the attempted break-in and also acknowledged charges from a Nov. 20 Barberry Lane burglary in which two gold rings were reported stolen.

During an interview at the police station, Duffin admitted to the break-ins, described a serious heroin problem, and said she was planning to seek rehabilitation. On Monday, she was facing a total of six felony charges in connection with the four incidents.


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