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PoliceLink's Best Of: Stupid Criminals

Kevin Powers | PoliceLink

Thieves Leave Cell Phone Behind, Police Call

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PITTSFIELD, MA – The owner of a building supply store is crediting solid police work for finding the culprits who stole dozens of items from his shop last week.

According to Lee Police, Sean Latura, 42, and Ralph M. O’Connell, 56, both of Pittsfield, were drinking at the Bull’s Eye Pub on Railroad Street on the night of May 21. When they left the bar, they allegedly broke into the nearby Dresser Hull Lumber and Building Supply Co. and stole several items.

Owner Richard Shields said when he arrived at work Friday morning, he found a laptop computer on the ground in the parking lot.

“I saw that and said, ‘Uh oh,’” Shields said. “I knew someone had broken in.”

A cell phone was also found. Officer Todd Briggs determined it belonged to O’Connell by searching the list of contacts stored in the phone.

Later that day, Lenox police made a routine traffic stop. Latura and O’Connell were inside.

Police suspected there were drugs in the vehicle, and summoned a state K-9 unit. Lee police were also called to assist, and when officers arrived and learned who was in the vehicle, the men were questioned.

Some of the stolen items were found in the car, police said, and authorities found the rest of the merchandise at Latura’s home on West Housatonic Street. The men were later arrested.

The date of their next court date was not available on Thursday.

Shields said his business has been broken

into about 10 times in the 40 years he’s been running it. The $2,700 worth of goods the two men allegedly stole was the biggest hit to date.

But within 24 hours of the break-in, police had returned 90 percent of the merchandise to Shields, including power tools, paint brushes, garbage cans and two compressors.

“This was just incredible police work,” he said. “The way they used the cell phone, to the traffic stop, to the communication between the departments, it was great. Everything fell into place.”

[The Berkshire Eagle via YellowBrix]

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    Earnestine

    about 5 years ago

    44 Comments

    WOW!

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    robocop1011

    about 5 years ago

    10 Comments

    Like the old saying , A whiskey glass and a woman a** has been a many man's down fall , nothing againtest women , forgive me !

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    graske

    about 5 years ago

    138 Comments

    That is as dumb as three robbery suspects pulling over a squad to ask directions on how to get back to Chicago from the suburb they just committed the robbery in.

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    Jideboy

    about 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    Interesting

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    FapFap

    about 5 years ago

    6 Comments

    so it took 300 cops to catch this guy?

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    bravokilo85

    about 5 years ago

    86 Comments

    I love these stories. Reminds us that choices can be made everywhere...even really, really dumb ones.

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    Slappy23

    about 5 years ago

    158 Comments

    What about the McDonald's chicken nugget call? Still some great stories here!

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    leo52011

    about 5 years ago

    608 Comments

    What about the guy who used Duct Tape to cover his face to rop a gas station? That one beats all of these to me.

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    kjunk509

    about 5 years ago

    2 Comments

    Well it makes it easy for his prison nickname...Stoolie

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    Sara837

    about 5 years ago

    328 Comments

    These were funny. The McDonald's guy should (and is) get into trouble for using 911 for the wrong reason! I personally liked the tape-faced bank robber! What an idiot! lmao

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    SlimNubster

    about 5 years ago

    34 Comments

    McDonald's call is just ridiculous.

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    celiatmw

    about 5 years ago

    46 Comments

    I didn't know shopping carts were $2500!! Dang!

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    rlague

    about 5 years ago

    1210 Comments

    I think this is classis...this seems like the redneck drunk thing some idiots would do in my area

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    Silky1

    about 5 years ago

    12 Comments

    I'd like to know what part of broken glass, screen and door is not considered malicious (laugh)!

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    Deltaman01

    about 5 years ago

    330 Comments

    wow...just wow...

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