Woman who broke into her old apartment handed 6 months in jail

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NORTH ADAMS >> A woman who was caught breaking into her former Adams Street apartment in January in an attempt to steal jewelry was sentenced to six months in jail on Monday.

When police responded to the residence shortly after 5 p.m. on Jan. 10, they took Stephanie Jones, 24, of West Main Street, North Adams, into custody. The resident of the apartment came home to discover Jones inside and prevented her from leaving until police arrived.

The resident told police that when she came home, she noticed her living room window and screen wide open. After the resident's daughter spotted other signs of an intrusion, she spotted Jones hiding between the toilet and bathtub inside the bathroom, according to a police report filed by North Adams Police Officer David Lemieux.

Police discovered rings, a bracelet, and a necklace that belonged to the resident of the apartment, as well as 14 unknown medication pills inside Jones' jacket.

The resident told police she knew Jones because Jones used to live in the apartment and now lived down the street, according to the report.

As Jones was being booked, a man who stated he lived with Jones reported that she had stolen and apparently used several of his heartburn medication pills.

While waiting for an ambulance to arrive, Lemieux stated that Jones began to slip in and out of consciousness but denied taking any drugs that evening. She was transported by ambulance to Berkshire Medical Center and treated in the critical care unit, according to the report.

Under a plea agreement filed in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday, Jones was found guilty on two counts of larceny under $250 and a single count of class E drug possession. Single counts of breaking and entering in the nighttime for a felony and larceny over $250 were continued without a finding and dismissed by Judge Paul Vrabel.

In a separate case stemming from a March arrested, Jones was also found guilty of disturbing the peace and class E drug possession.

She was sentenced to concurrent six-month sentences in each case.

Contact Adam Shanks at 413-496-6376.


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