Great Barrington man arrested and arraigned
WEST STOCKBRIDGE -- Investigators have arrested a Great Barrington man for a late-night business break-in, one of six that occurred in the town Wednesday night.
Timothy Welch, 40, of Great Barrington, was arrested Thursday and arraigned in Pittsfield Superior Court the following day in relation to a break-in and larceny at Rouge, a restaurant on West Center Road in West Stockbridge.
The eatery was one of six buildings broken into late night Wednesday or early Thursday morning, including three restaurants, a gift shop, a real estate agency and a vacant home.
The break-ins follow a string of more than two dozen similar business break-ins in South County and Columbia County, N.Y. Great Barrington businesses have been the hardest hit with more than half of the reported cases.
"[The break-ins] have being going on for a while," said West Stockbridge Police Chief Michael Stanton. "And Wednesday night, we had ours."
Members of the West Stockbridge, Great Barrington, Egremont, Lenox and Columbia County, N.Y. police departments, along with state police from the Lee barracks, met Thursday to discuss the string of business break-ins that have been occurring -- all of which follow a similar pattern, according to Stanton.
That meeting, along with information from local business owners, gave the department the break needed for the arrest, Stanton said.
"It's good to get together [with other departments], especially in a small town like ours," said Stanton, of the meeting's benefits.
Welch remains a suspect in the other West Stockbridge cases, Stanton said, but investigators are looking at other suspects as well. It is unclear at this time if he is a suspect in any cases in any other towns at this time.
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