Bail lowered for Pittsfield man accused of stealing car, going on shopping spree

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NORTH ADAMS — Bail for a Pittsfield man accused of stealing a car last week was substantially reduced following his arraignment on Monday.

Jerrod Kendig, 38, allegedly broke into a Hall Street couple's apartment on Dec. 26 and stole a credit cards and car keys before taking their Honda Civic on a shopping trip to Pittsfield — paid for with the stolen credit cards, according to police.

Judge Jennifer Tyne set Kendig's cash bail at $500 following his arraignment on multiple charges in Northern Berkshire District Court on Monday.

Kendig had been held on $5,000 cash bail prior to his arraignment, which had initially been scheduled to occur last Friday but was delayed because he was ill, according to court documents.

Police were first called to the residence at about 6 a.m. Wednesday when the male victim noticed his car missing. At about 9:45 a.m., police located Kendig driving the stolen car at the 7-Eleven gas station on Columbia Street in Adams. He allegedly attempted to drive away, but police blocked in the vehicle and arrested him at the scene, according to the probable cause report filed by North Adams Police Detective Joshua Zustra.

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Inside the vehicle, police found shopping bags from Pittsfield stores where it is believed Kendig used the stolen cards. Officers also located a driver's license, debit card and gift card belonging to the female victim, according to the report.

Kendig allegedly admitted that the credit cards did not belong to him and he did not have permission to use them. He did state, however, that he had traded drugs with the vehicle's owner in exchange for use of the car — a claim the owner vehemently denied, according to court documents.

Kendig pleaded not guilty to 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.

Tyne also denied prosecutors' request to revoke Kendig's bail on an open case.

Kendig is next scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 30 for a pretrial hearing.

Adam Shanks can be reached at ashanks@berkshireeagle.com, at @EagleAdamShanks on Twitter, or 413-629-4517.


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