Adams Police Arrest Suspect in Val's, Racing Mart Break-ins
ADAMS, Mass. — Police say they have arrested a suspect in the burglaries committed at Val's Package Store and Racing Mart Gas Station early Sunday morning.
According to a statement from the Adams Police Department, officers responded to both Columbia Street businesses for what employees of the businesses reported as a breaking and entering that had occurred during the nighttime. Property was destroyed and money was stolen from both locations.
Night- and day-shift officers on Sunday, working with a detective, investigated the break-ins and arrested the suspect within hours.
The State Police Crime Scene Unit was called to assist in processing the scene, and officers also obtained video surveillance footage. Police said this footage showed a man who was known to the investigating officers conduct the breaking and entering and larceny within the business.
Officers quickly located him on Columbia Street, walking down the street carrying a television set that was stolen from a residence moments prior. He was arrested on multiple charges related to the break-ins and the active warrants already out for his arrest.
The defendant will be transported to Northern Berkshire District Court in North Adams on Monday morning for arraignment.
Adams Head-on Collision Sends Three to Hospital
Collision occurred at about 7:30 p.m. on the north end of East Road between a Subaru and pickup truck that was pulling a trailer with an all-terrain vehicle.
Police on scene were hesitant to divulge much information because the accident is under investigation but confirmed the collision was head on. It is believed one of the vehicles veered into the other lane.
Adams Ambulance personnel transported three victims to Berkshire Medical Center with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening.
The Fire Department posted that firefighters secured the vehicles and scene, and used Spedi Dri to soak up an remove fluids. Both vehicles were towed away.
East Road was closed for a little over an hour from Wheel Estates in North Adams to Lime Street in Adams.
Truck/Motorcycle Collision in Adams Leaves One Seriously Injured
ADAMS, Mass. — Police are investigating a motorcycle and truck collision on Saturday that sent at least two to the hospital, one with serious injuries.
Adams Police, Fire, and Ambulance were dispatched around 3:45 p.m. Saturday to the area of 61 East Road to an accident involving a 2018 Chevy Silverado and a 2006 Harley-Davidson.
According to police , the Silverado was northbound on East Road when the Harley-Davidson, which was headed south, crossed from the southbound lane to the northbound lane.
The pickup attempted to avoid the motorcycle by turning away but was unable to and the two collided.
Both the motorcycle and the Silverado sustained extensive damage.
It was reported to dispatch that the operator of the motorcycle was unresponsive but breathing and upon arrival emergency services found that the operator of the motorcycle received serious bodily injuries.
The motorcyclist was transported to Berkshire Medical Center in Pittsfield. He was later transferred to Baystate Medical Center in Springfield.
The occupants of the pickup did not appear to be injured but were transported to BMC's satellite emergency facility in North Adams for treatment.
The accident investigation is ongoing and no other information is available at this time. The investigation is being conducted by members of the Adams Police Department with the assistance of the State Police Detectives Unit and the Collision Analysis & Reconstruction Section of the state police.
Traffic control assistance was provided by the Adams Forest Wardens and the road was closed until the scene could be cleared.
Adams Fire Douses Vehicle Blaze
ADAMS, Mass. — The Fire Department extinguished a vehicle fire on Howland Avenue late Monday morning.
According to and Adams Police Department's Facebook post. Adams Fire, Police, and ambulance responded to an older model white van fully engulfed in flames near Specialty Minerals just before noon Monday.
The post said there were no injuries and extended a thank you to an off-duty North Adams firefighter who stopped to assist the driver and Specialty Minerals employees who were on scene with fire extinguishers.
Once police secured the area, firefighters successfully put out the blaze.
The incident is under investigation.
Adams Man Facing Charges Related to 2 Break-ins
ADAMS, Mass. — Police arrested have arrested an Adams man thought to be connected to two break-ins earlier this month.
Andrew D. Allard, 32, was arrested June 14 after making his way from Adams to North Adams in an alleged attempt to cash in some stolen collectible coins.
The coins reportedly match those stolen from a home on June 9 and Allard is implicated in another break-in on June 11.
According to a press release from the Adams Police Department, police were first alerted after they say Allard attempted to place these collectible coins into a Coinstar machine located at Adam's Hometown Market. The machine rejected the coins, which prompted him to go to the front desk where store employees recognized the coins as collectible.
Employees questioned Allard, according to police, and he exited the market leaving the coins behind.
Officers conducted an investigation while Allard headed north to Walmart. North Adams Police were contacted and store management was made aware.
At Walmart, the press release states, it was reported that Allard purchased a Tracphone minutes card with the coins. He then went to customer service, where he returned the card for a refund.
Officers were alerted and Allard was confronted when leaving the store.
Upon further investigation, it was found that the coins Allard allegedly used had been stolen during a June 9 house break-in in Adams.
Allard was arrested on a charge of receiving stolen property. He was booked and held at the police station on $2,000 cash bail. He was scheduled to be arraigned Monday in Northern Berkshire District Court in North Adams.
Police say Allard also was arrested for breaking and entering into an Upton Street residence on June 11.
The homeowner's security system picked up the intrusion and an image of Allard was recorded, according to police. He was arrested and held on $1,000 bail until he was arraigned on June 12 in Northern Berkshire District Court and released on personal recognizance.