NORTH ADAMS — A Pittsfield man is being held on bail after allegedly stealing a North Adams man's car and going on shopping spree with stolen credit cards on Wednesday.
Jerrod Kendig, 38, allegedly broke into a Hall Street couple's apartment and stole their Honda Civic and several credit cards.
The victim told police that he woke at 4 a.m. and noticed the apartment's rear door ajar but did not initially realize the vehicle was missing. He alerted authorities to the theft at about 6 a.m., according to the police report filed by North Adams Police Officer David Sherman.
The keys to the car were inside the female victim's purse, which was also stolen. Police learned of the purchases made with the stolen credit card and eventually located the Honda Civic at the 7-Eleven gas station on Columbia Street in Adams, according to a report filed by North Adams Police Detective Joshua Zustra.
Kendig, who was driving the vehicle, allegedly attempted to evade police but was boxed in by Zustra and North Adams Police Lt. Jason Wood.
Police detained Kendig and passengers Brandon Lusignan and Timothy Dick.
Inside the vehicle, police seized multiple pairs of sneakers, two shopping bags full of clothing, and another shopping bag from Walmart. Officers also found four cellphones, including the female victim's iPhone.
The female victim's driver's license, a Visa gift card and a debit card bearing her name were also found inside the car, according to the police report.
Lusignan allegedly told officers that Kendig had picked him and Dick up that morning at about 6 a.m. and the three went to multiple Pittsfield stores. He allegedly admitted to officers that he was aware the credit card was stolen, but said Dick was not involved in the use of the credit card.
Lusignan was charged with receiving stolen property under $1,200, the report states.
Dick allegedly told officers that Kendig had given him the stolen boots and sweater of the male victim.
Kendig allegedly attempted to tell police that he did not steal the car, but rather gave its owner 12 Percocet pills in order to use it. The female victim adamantly denied this.
Kendig did admit that the credit cards did not belong to him and he did not have permission to use them, according to the police report.
He was scheduled to be arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court on multiple charges on Friday, but the arraignment was delayed until Monday because he is ill, according to court documents.
Kendig has been charged with single counts of larceny of a motor vehicle, breaking and entering a building in the nighttime for a felony, receiving stolen property over $1,200, wanton destruction of property under $200, and operating a motor vehicle with a suspended license, subsequent offense.
Larceny of a motor vehicle is punishable by up to 15 years in state prison.
Police noted that Kendig has multiple larceny charges on his criminal record. Because he has not yet been arraigned, court documents do not indicate if Kendig has an attorney.
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