String of thefts lands Pittsfield man in jail

GREAT BARRINGTON — A local man was sentenced to 150 days in the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction on Monday after being found guilty of a string of thefts over the past few weeks.

Mark C. Shafer, 32, was sentenced on Monday in Southern Berkshire District Court by Judge Paul Smyth following a hearing.

Shafer, of Wendell Avenue Extension, Pittsfield, was found guilty of one count each of larceny over $250 and shoplifting, third offense. In their report, Lenox police explained that Shafer had several other open cases awaiting disposition. Smyth combined the two latest cases in his sentencing decision.

In each case, the thefts were at various businesses in Lenox on Aug. 1 and Aug. 12, according to court documents.

The thefts both involved alcohol. On Aug. 12, Shafer was found leaving the Price Chopper on Pittsfield Road with a backpack containing five bottles of alcohol. On Aug. 1, he and an accomplice were caught shoplifting a bottle of Hennessy XO cognac, a 45-year-old blended whiskey valued at $225, and a bottle of Hennessy Very Special Cognac, valued at $41, which triggered the charge to be larceny over $250. This theft was also from a local liquor store. In this case, Shafer and his accomplice were apprehended walking north on Pittsfield Road. They were followed by employees of the liquor store, who trailed them after notifying Lenox police.

Reach staff writer Derek Gentile at 413-770-6977.


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