Hoosick Falls man sentenced for attempted break-in

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NORTH ADAMS, Mass. — A Hoosick Falls, New York, man will spend 60 days in jail for attempting to break into the Express Mart on Route 7 in Williamstown last year.

Charles Weatherwax Jr. was sentenced in Northern Berkshire District Court on Tuesday, after pleading guilty to charges that he used a stolen pickup truck and a strap in an attempt to get inside the Express Mart on Simonds Road.

When police arrived at about 4:20 a.m. Nov. 15, they found that Weatherwax had tied one end of the strap to the store's front door and the other to the truck, according to the criminal complaint filed by Williamstown Police Officer Kevin Garner.

In the course of their investigation, police found that the license plates on the Toyota Tundra that Weatherwax was operating had been taken from a 1983 BMW. He admitted to police that the plate and truck had been stolen from Alternative Motors in Adams.

Weatherwax, 24, was found guilty of possession of a burglarious instrument, receiving a stolen motor vehicle and attempting to commit a crime. A charge of receiving stolen property less than $1,200 was dismissed at the request of the commonwealth.

His sentence was stayed until Feb. 27.

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



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