Sunday, October 04, 2015 07:47pm
North Adams, MA now: 48 °   
Send news, tips, press releases and questions to
The Berkshires online guide to events, news and Berkshire County community information.

Home About Archives RSS Feed
Clarksburg Catches Break in Break-ins
By: Tammy Daniels On: 10:43PM / Monday November 16, 2009

CLARKSBURG, Mass. — A Pittsfield man arrested in Lenox last week is connected to at least two recent break-ins in town, say police.

Stefan Veremko, 28, was arrested after being spotted running from a Lenox building with a pillow case full of loot, said police. Veremko may be responsible for a rash of break-ins reaching from Southern Vermont to South County.

"We have reason to connect him to a couple of the housebreaks in town," said Police Chief Michael Williams on Monday. "We're still working the investigation with the other agencies in trying to link him to others [incidents]."

Williams said he was contacted by Lenox police on Saturday, the day after Veremko was arrested.

Recent burglaries in Clarksburg and Stamford, Vt., have had residents up in arms. More than 100 packed into the Stamford Valley Golf Course clubhouse on Saturday to discuss a forming a crime watch.

According to the Lanesborough Concerned Citizens Newsletter, that town, too, has been dealing with break-ins. Lanesborough Police Chief Mark Bashara said every effort was being made to find the perpetrators, according to Editor Al Hartheimer, and that all Berkshire County police departments were cooperating in the effort.

Stamford held a meeting with state police and a deputy sheriff two weeks ago over break-ins; Richmond is planning a similar meeting this Wednesday. Unlike those two towns, Clarksburg has its own, albeit small, police force and doesn't depend on state police for coverage.

Williams said he's been working with state police and other police agencies and that they keep each other apprised of ongoing investigations through a monthly "detectives' meeting," at which the recent rash of break-ins around the county was discussed.

"We had been putting the information together but couldn't link the Stamford and Clarksburg ones to that group," he said. "Now we're able to and its starting to fall together now."

It's not unusual for the bedroom community to have a few break-ins a year, but this time four occurred one right after the other at the end of October, beginning of November. At the same time, at least two break-ins were reported in Stamford and a possible attempted one. A couple break-ins had also occurred a month or so earlier in Clarksburg.

A number of Clarksburg residents have complained of lack of communication but Williams said the Selectmen have been kept informed and officers have spoken neighbors, as well as talking with other police agencies such as North Adams. A lot of information can't be released, he said, because it could hamper an ongoing investigation.

Veremko's arrest could bring closure to a number of break-ins fairly quickly.

"A majority of the time it doesn't happen [this fast]," said Williams. "I've seen it go for a year and then we find a clue or get information that closes the whole case."

The Selectman will take up the issue of the burglaries on Wednesday during their meeting at 6:30 p.m. at Town Hall. A scheduled public hearing about a blighted house has been rescheduled to Dec. 9 because of problems getting the legal notice published in time.

Update 11/17/2009: Lenox Police will hold a viewing of the hundreds of pieces of evidence found from noon to 8 on Thursday, Nov. 19,  in the auditorium of the Town Hall at 6 Walker St. Only those who have been a victim of a larceny and have an ID (driver's license, etc.) and proof of loss (such as a police report) will be allowed into the viewing. For more information, contact Lenox Police at 413-637-2346.

Tags: break-ins, arrest, Berkshire County, Veremko      
Suspect Linked to Dozen Break-ins
By: Tammy Daniels On: 10:24PM / Sunday November 15, 2009

WNYT Channel 13 is reporting that a Pittsfield man connected to dozen break-ins around the county, Southern Vermont and eastern New York over the past six months was arrested in Lenox because of "a very observant witness."

Lenox Police Chief Stephen O'Brien told the station on Sunday that Stefan Veremko, 28, was charged with a daytime break in, receiving stolen property and possession of ammunition without a permit for an incident last Wednesday
Veremko broke into a building on East Street in Lenox last Wednesday afternoon, according to police, and was spotted
jumping into a gray Hyundai Elantra and fleeing the scene. The witness jotted down the license plate, followed the car until it turned down a dead-end street, then noted the license plate was switched when it re-emerged.

The car was seized Friday and police found evidence of recent burglaries in his home.

Veremko was to be arraigned in Southern Berkshire District Court on Monday. The Lenox Police Department will display evidence seized a later date. Anyone who's been victim of a breaking and entering into their home and suspect that Lenox may have some property should contact their local police department.

According to his MySpace page, Veremko is a student at BCC (where he made honors) and an assistant supervisor at Hillcrest Educational Centers.

Thanks to the Stamford Vermont Crime Watch for bringing this to our attention.

Update 11/16: We may have more news soon on Veremko's alleged connections to break-ins in Clarksburg.


Tags: break-ins, arrest, Berkshire County, Veremko      
Richmond Sets Meeting Over Break-Ins
By: Tammy Daniels On: 12:44PM / Sunday November 15, 2009

Updated Nov. 17, 2009, at 2:21 p.m.: The meeting with state police has been postponed to Dec. 2 because of an unexpected scheduling conflict.

The Board of Selectmen has scheduled a meeting with the state police on Wednesday, Nov. 18, beginning at 6:30 because of recent break-ins.

The state police provide the town with police coverage and has recently published a request for the public's assistance in trying to gather information on these crimes.

Richmond Sets Meeting Over Break-Ins

Tags: break-ins      
Clarksburg/Stamford Burglaries
By: Tammy Daniels On: 03:10AM / Sunday November 15, 2009

Over the past six weeks, nearly a dozen burglaries and attempted burglaries have occurred in the two towns. While there's no evidence the perpetrator's been the same in all the incidents, one suspect has been indentified as being at or near several of the more recent ones.

The suspect is described as wearing a black, hooded sweat shirt, sneakers and baggy jeans. He may be alone or working with someone in a vehicle. The majority of the break-ins have been during the day; at least one has occurred at night.

A number of homeowners have reported someone similar in description to the suspect as knocking on doors and claiming to have lost a dog. Police say this may be a method of casing the house to see if someone's home.

More information on Stamford can be found under "Stamford Vermont Crime Watch" on Facebook. For further information, check the Facebook page or contact or


Update on 11/15/2009 at 8:25 p.m.: According to the Stamford Crime Watch, the North Adams Police say they know who the individual is, but do not have enough evidence to arrest him. He reportedly has a girlfriend who acts as a spotter. She is described as attractive, thin, about 5-foot-5 and weighs approximately 115 pounds, with brown shoulder-length hair.

See also:

Residents Brainstorm on Crime Prevention in Stamford

Meeting Set for Stamford/Clarksburg Crime Watch


Update 11/16/2009: Clarksburg Police say the Pittsfield man arrested last week in Lenox has been linked to at least two burglaries in Clarksburg. The MO of the alleged burglar also is similar to that of two burglaries carried out in Stamford, Vt.

Tags: break-ins, suspect, crime watch      
Page 5 of 5 1  2  3  4  5  
News Headlines
Thousands Rally In Springfield in Support of Sanders
Conservation Commission Approve Paving Project Without DEP's Blessings
Adams Anthony Center Focuses on Creative Spaces
Barrett Withdraws From MCLA Mayoral Debate
Northern Berkshire Children's Parade Winners Announced
'The Intern': Works Well Enough
Bianchi's Name To Sit Atop November Election Ballot
Pediatric Development Center Sets Annual 5K Fundraiser
Letter: Gaetani Running Write-in Campaign
Former Marine Takes Over at Local Jewish War Veterans

Police Logs

Pittsfield Police

North Adams

Crimewatch Links

North Adams CrimeWatch

Stamford/Clarksburg CrimeWatch

Pittsfield CrimeWatch

Emergency: 911
Adams 413-743-1212
Clarksburg 413-663-7795
Cheshire 413-743-1501
Dalton 413-684-0300
Great Barrington 413-528-0306
Lanesborough 413-443-4107
Lee 413-243-2100
Lenox 413-637-2346
North Adams 413-664-4944
Pittsfield 413-448-9700
Richmond 413-698-3315
Stockbridge 413-298-4179
Williamstown 413-458-5733
West Stockbridge 413-232-7938
State Police  
Cheshire Barracks
Lee Barracks 413-243-0600
Shaftsbury, Vt., Barracks 802-442-3263


Adams (41)
Alford (0)
Becket (6)
Cheshire (9)
Clarksburg (28)
Dalton (5)
Egremont (0)
Florida (5)
Great Barrington (9)
Hancock (5)
Hinsdale (3)
Lanesborough (15)
Lee (11)
Lenox (9)
Monterey (0)
Mount Washington (0)
New Ashford (4)
New Marlborough (1)
North Adams (156)
Otis (2)
Peru (2)
Pittsfield (162)
Pownal (10)
Readsboro (11)
Richmond (8)
Sandisfield (2)
Savoy (5)
Sheffield (2)
Stamford (26)
State (1)
Stockbridge (4)
Tyringham (1)
Washington (1)
West Stockbridge (1)
Williamstown (54)
Windsor (2)
October 2015 (2)
September 2015 (13)
August 2015 (17)
July 2015 (15)
June 2015 (7)
May 2015 (13)
April 2015 (10)
March 2015 (10)
February 2015 (7)
January 2015 (5)
December 2014 (1)
Larceny Heroin Dui Veremko Accident Fraud Robbery Vehicle Cocaine Crime Watch Police Assault Armed Robbery Assaults Search Motor Vehicle Accident Structure Fire Homicide Injuries Missing Persons Stabbing Crash Fatal Mvi Murder Buglaries Drugs Break-ins Police Investigation Drug Charges Motor Vehicle Fire Arrest Shooting Rape
Popular Entries:
Great Barrington Crashes Leave Two Dead
North Adams Woman Killed in Route 2 Crash
North Adams Man Crashes SUV Into Home
Man Killed by Bull in Clarksburg
North Adams Man Arraigned on Child Porn Charges
Kincaid Pleads Guilty to Aggravated Rape
Cariddi Auto Sales Burns
Donations Reach State Road Fire Victims
Pittsfield Police Identify Parking Garage Death
Fatal Accident Closes Route 8 in Adams
Recent Entries:
Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 28 - Oct. 1
North Adams Police Nab Suspected Heroin Dealers
Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 21 - Sept. 25
North Adams Cruiser Involved in Crash; Officer Injured
Three Utility Poles Fall As Result of Pittsfield Car Crash
Two Pittsfield Firefighters Hurt Fighting Apartment Building Fire
MCLA Towers Evacuated for Strong Odor; Students Taken to BMC
Superior Court Briefs: Sept. 14 - Sept. 17
Utility Pole Caught Fire, Cut Power To Mall
Hazmat Team Finds No Threat In Package Delivered To Pittsfield Police

Football: Pathfinder at...
FINAL: McCann Tech wins 20-0 over Pathfinder Saturday...
Football: Hoosac Valley at...
The Hoosac Valley football team looked to their third...
Football: Wahconah at...
Wahconah beat Monument Mountain 57-12 Friday night.
Football: Taconic at Lee
Taconic to third straight win, 50-13 over Lee to improve to...
Fall Foliage Dog Parade 2015
The 6th annual Fall Foliage Dog Parade brought out a host...
Fall Foliage Children's...
The annual Children's Parade on Friday night celebrated...
G Soccer: Pittsfield at...
Julia Eline Wright scored in the 68th minute to give the...
Golf: Mohawk at McCann Tech
Cole Kratz and Brian Boudreau carded rounds of 45 to sweep...
B Soccer: St Joes at Hoosac...
Mike Peplowski scored an unassisted goal to give the St....
B Soccer: Lenox at Drury
Drury boys soccer team fell to Lenox 4-1 on senior day at...
Girls X Country: @ PHS
It was a sea of red on Wednesday afternoon at Reid Middle...
Boys X Country: @ PHS
It was a sea of red on Wednesday afternoon at Reid Middle...
Boys Soccer: PHS @ Greylock
Three of Pittsfield's four goals came on headers in a 4-2...
Boys Soccer: Wahconah @ Lenox
Lenox held its home field, defeating Wahconah 2-0.
Girls Soccer: Wahconah @...
Allie Hunt stopped seven shots to earn her 34th career...
Volleyball: Lenox @ Wahconah
Hailey Parker had two aces and two kills to go along with...
Football: Pathfinder at...
FINAL: McCann Tech wins 20-0 over Pathfinder Saturday...
Football: Hoosac Valley at...
The Hoosac Valley football team looked to their third...
Football: Wahconah at...
Wahconah beat Monument Mountain 57-12 Friday night.
Football: Taconic at Lee
Taconic to third straight win, 50-13 over Lee to improve to...
Fall Foliage Dog Parade 2015
The 6th annual Fall Foliage Dog Parade brought out a host...
| Home | A & E | Business | Community News | Dining | Real Estate | Schools | Sports & Outdoors | Berkshires Weather | Weddings |
Advertise | Recommend This Page | Help Contact Us is owned and operated by: Boxcar Media 102 Main Street, North Adams, MA 01247 -- T. 413-663-3384 F.413-664-4251
© 2012 Boxcar Media LLC - All rights reserved

Privacy Policy| User Agreement