Two men were arrested in Pittsfield after they allegedly tried to return thousands of dollars in stolen merchandise to a Wal-Mart in North Adams and then led police on a chase through several towns.
According to State Police Spokesperson David Procopio, shortly after 2 p.m. Tuesday state police at the Troop B headquarters and troopers with state police in Cheshire were told North Adams police were looking for two men who ran after trying to return $2,000 worth of stolen merchandise to a Wal-Mart.
Procopio said the men, later identified as Shannon Brown of Florida and Arnold Chapman, led police through several Berkshire County towns in a truck, but officers lost sight of the men shortly after 2:15 in Pittsfield.
Police allegedly found the truck abandoned in the area of Route 20 a short time later. Not long after that, police then learned the men were at a car rental business on East Street in Pittsfield. When a trooper got to the business, Chapman allegedly ran onto East Street and Brown ran out a side door
Procopio said as the trooper reached Brown he assaulted her and then ran in the direction of Cove Street.
Police dogs with state and Pittsfield police, along with members of the Berkshire County Sheriff’s Department were called in and began tracking the men.
At 4:30 p.m. Brown was found by a Pittsfield police dog on Root Place. Chapman was also found and arrested by Pittsfield police.
Brown, according to Procopio, initially gave police a Florida license with a different name. However, police learned of his real identity through fingerprints when he was taken to the state police barracks in Cheshire for booking. Troopers also allegedly found $4,210 in cash on Brown who said he was unemployed and passing through the state.
Procopio said after investigating police found that Brown and Chapman were involved in a shoplifting scheme in North Adams and Pittsfield. They also found that Brown had a warrant in Arizona charging him with fraudulent schemes, artifices, and theft.
Brown is facing charges in Berkshire County for assault and battery on a police officer, providing a false name to police, and as a fugitive from justice. He was expected to be arraigned in Pittsfield District Court sometime Wednesday.
Chapman was also expected to be arraigned to be in court Wednesday.
Police in Arizona were notified of Brown’s arrest and plan to bring him back to the state to face charges, Procopio said.