Woman asked to use man's phone but wanted his tablet, police say

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NORTH ADAMS — A city woman allegedly asked to use a Walker Street man's phone but, once inside, tried to steal his tablet computer.

A Walker Street resident told police that about 7 p.m. Dec. 20, he answered a knock at his his door to find a woman shivering in the cold. The woman, who the victim identified as 27-year-old Stephanie Jones, asked to come inside and use the phone.

The man told police he allowed Jones to come inside and warm up beside an electric fireplace.

The victim said he "knew of" Jones, but did not know her personally, according to the criminal complaint filed by North Adams Police Detective Brad Vivori.

Jones allegedly asked the man for a glass of water. When he returned, the man witnessed Jones trying to stuff his 10-inch tablet computer into the front of her jacket, according to the police report.

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When the man confronted Jones, she allegedly said "I didn't mean to, I'm sorry," and ran out of the home.

Jones was arraigned in Northern Berkshire District Court Friday and released on personal recognizance by Judge William Rota, on the condition that she stay away from the Walker Street residence.

Jones, of Adams Street, pleaded not guilty to a single count of attempting to commit a crime.

She is next scheduled to appear in court 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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