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NORTH ADAMS — An Adams man is being held without bail after police arrested him in connection with two burglaries of businesses late Sunday night on Columbia Street.

Christopher Jelley, 31, was found walking down the street carrying a television after police allegedly identified him, using surveillance footage, as a man that used a cement block to break through the glass doors of Racing Mart and Val's Pipe & Package Store and emptying both cash registers of $90 each, according to court records.

The suspect was identified on the video because he "was known to the investigating officers," according to a post on the Adams Police Department's Facebook page. The break-in occurred at 2:17 a.m. Monday, according to the time stamp on the video.

Jelley pleaded not guilty Monday on charges of malicious destruction of property exceeding $1,200, breaking and entering a building at night to commit a felony, and larceny from a building, all for the incident at Val's. Further charges are pending for the incident at Racing Mart.If convicted, Jelley could face between 2 and 20 years in jail.

Bail for Jelley was denied because he is facing other outstanding charges regarding a breaking and entering a vehicle incident in Williamstown on Sept. 13.

He is being held at the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction.

The break-ins occurred in Adams; a story published Tuesday was incorrect.


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