Man sold stolen items in MA, CT & NY

Hobart face larceny and drug charges, plus violating his probation

GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. (WWLP) – A 32-year-old man on probation was arrested in Great Barrington after weeks of investigating multiple break-ins at local businesses and homes.

According to the Great Barrington Police Facebook page, John L. Hobart of Housatonic was arrested Tuesday afternoon at his home after officers executed a search warrant. Hobart is accused of stealing jewelry, copper, hand tools and power equipment.

While investigating Hobart’s home, officers found some of the stolen items, and several firearms. Police said Hobart sold stolen items at pawn shops in Waterbury, Conn., Pittsfield and New York State.

Police said Hobart confessed to many of the break-ins in Housatonic; three houses, a church and one business. However, police discovered during the investigation that Hobart stole copper from the Stockbridge Library construction, and broke into a home in Sheffield.

Hobart was charged with five counts of Breaking & Entering in the Nighttime with the Intent to Commit a Felony, and six counts of Larceny Over $250. Police said he also faces charges in Sheffield and Stockbridge. And, Hobart will face drug charges in Great Barrington.

Hobart was arraigned on Wednesday in Central Berkshire District Court in Pittsfield and was held on $2,500 bail for each charge. Police added that he’s currently on probation from the Holyoke courts.

All of the cases remain under investigation. Officer Christopher Peebles is the lead investigator. Anyone with information is asked to call the Great Barrington Police Department at 413-528-0306.

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