PITTSFIELD — A city woman faces multiple charges after allegedly breaking into an SUV with a stolen key, stealing nearly $1,000 cash from inside and leading police on a foot chase while in handcuffs Sunday.
Shannon Y. Sciola, 23, was allegedly bailed out after her arrest with cash in the same denominations as that of the stolen cash.
Police were sent to North Street at about 12:45 p.m. Sunday for a report of a motor vehicle break-in.
The victim identified Sciola as the suspect and provided a description and the direction in which she fled on foot.
The victim told police that Sciola previously had stolen the key to the vehicle and that about $950 cash was taken from the SUV.
A search located Sciola in woods near North Street and she was placed under arrest.
Sciola allegedly admitted that she took the money and offered to show officers where she had hidden it. A check of that location didn't turn up the missing cash.
When police brought her back to the station, Sciola allegedly took off running and managed to free one of her hands from the cuffs she was wearing.
Police gave chase and caught up to Sciola in the Crowne Plaza parking lot.
A search of Sciola recovered a key to the SUV.
Sciola pleaded not guilty in Central Berkshire District Court on Tuesday to charges of daytime felony breaking and entering into a motor vehicle, larceny under $1,200, disorderly conduct, escape from a police officer and receiving stolen property valued under $1,200.
Judge Jennifer Tyne released on her personal recognizance. She is due back in court Aug. 1 for a pretrial hearing.
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