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A suspect was transferred to Lenox Police custody Sunday, after his arrest in Franklin County in a wave of vehicle thefts and a burglary in Lenox. John Mcwhinnie, of Orange, was released Monday, after pleading not guilty in Southern Berkshire District Court to multiple charges.

LENOX — Police have arrested a suspect and filed multiple charges in last week’s wave of vehicle break-ins and one home burglary in the eastern part of the town.

John Mcwhinnie, 42, of Orange, a town in Franklin County, was taken into custody by that town’s Police Department on Sunday, as part of an ongoing investigation by Lenox Police lead investigator Tyler Bosworth.

Mcwhinnie was transferred to Lenox Police custody at the Shelburne Falls state police barracks and returned to Lenox by Bosworth and Officer Joseph Kennedy. He was booked and held on $25,000 bail overnight at the Lenox police station, said Sgt. Michael Smith.

Because the investigation is ongoing, police did not disclose how Mcwhinnie was identified as a suspect. Additional charges might be brought, and other suspects might be identified, Smith stated.

Twelve vehicles were broken into Wednesday and Friday. All had been unlocked, and there was no forced entry, but some were ransacked, with various items stolen, including $40 cash in one case, as well as loose change and a hunting knife. Other vehicles were found in disarray, but nothing was missing, Smith noted.

The break-ins were reported by the public from East Street, Sherwood Drive, New Lenox Road, Pine Crest Drive, Birchwood Lane, Galway Court and Dunmore Court.

Among the incidents:

• A break-in of an unlocked vehicle on Sherwood Drive, reported to police about 6:40 a.m. Wednesday, netted $100 in cash. On the same day, six more reports of vehicle break-ins came in to police from East Street, New Lenox Road, Pine Crest Drive and Birchwood Lane.

• On Friday, at 7 a.m., a Dunmore Court resident reported a 2015 Nissan Frontier was stolen after the home was burglarized and various items were taken. There was no forced entry into the home or the vehicle, Smith said. Later in the day, two more vehicle break-ins were called in, from Dunmore Court and nearby Galway Court.

The stolen vehicle was located Friday in a Pittsfield parking lot, with the assistance of the city’s Police Department. The Nissan was impounded at a secure location for processing as evidence.

The only witness report was a resident who heard a loud pickup truck about 4 a.m. Friday in the Dunmore Court area.

At Mcwhinnie’s arraignment Monday in Southern Berkshire District Court in Great Barrington, a not guilty plea was entered on his behalf on charges including motor vehicle larceny; breaking and entering into a building in the nighttime with the intent to commit a felony; breaking and entering into a vehicle in the nighttime with the intent to commit a felony; and unarmed burglary.

Judge Jennifer Tyne appointed a public defender, set May 10 as the next court date and released Mcwhinnie on personal recognizance, with a warning that bail would be revoked if additional charges are filed against him.

Lenox Police are urging the public to lock their vehicles and homes. They also are asking anyone with additional information about the recent break-ins to contact the department at 413-637-2346.

Eagle staffer Heather Bellow contributed to this report.

Clarence Fanto can be reached at cfanto@yahoo.com, on Twitter @BE_cfanto or at 413-637-2551.