Pittsfield man gets prison for series of ATM thefts

PITTSFIELD, Mass. (AP) — A man who pleaded guilty to helping steal several ATMs in the Berkshires has been sentenced to up to four years in prison.

The Berkshire Eagle reports that 29-year-old Nicholas Beauchamp said he participated in a series of break-ins and thefts between August and September to help pay off drug debts. The Pittsfield man pleaded guilty to 13 charges.

He told police that he and another man stole the cash-dispensing machines from stores, a sub shop and an American Legion post in and around Pittsfield by loading them onto a hand truck and taking them to a state forest where they broke them open and removed the cash. The machines contained as much as $2,200 and as little as $60.

The other man's case remains open.

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