Man charged with attempted burglary of Williamstown store


This story's headline was amended to reflect the correct location of the Williamstown store.

NORTH ADAMS — One end of the strap was tied to the truck; the other to the shop's front door.

That was the situation police encountered early Thursday outside the Express Mart on Simonds Road in Williamstown.

Charles Weatherwax Jr., 24, of Hoosick Falls, N.Y., was arrested after a witness reported the break-in attempt about 4:20 a.m., according to the criminal complaint filed by Williamstown Police Officer Kevin Garner.

It was not clear whether there was damage done to the store's entry.

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Police later learned that license plate on the Toyota Tundra pickup Weatherwax was using was taken from a 1983 BMW.

Weatherwax told police that the license plate and the pickup truck were stolen from Alternative Motors in Adams.

He pleaded not guilty in Northern Berkshire District Court on Thursday to possession of a burglarious instrument, receiving a stolen motor vehicle, receiving stolen property under $1,200, and attempting to commit a crime.

Judge William Rota released Weatherwax on personal recognizance. He is scheduled to return to court Dec. 17 for a pretrial hearing.

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


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