PITTSFIELD -- A thief broke into the Nook and Cranny Diner in Pittsfield Wednesday night and took off with an undisclosed amount of cash, the diner's manager said.

Pittsfield police received a report of the break-in at about 11:11 p.m. A person taking out the garbage at a nearby apartment complex, called police and reported seeing a window in the diner smashed.

Carolann Gianfrancesco, who manages the diner at 95 East St., said the back window to the diner was smashed in with a rock. The burglar pushed a hole through the window and reached through to unlock the door, she said.

The person took off with money that was set aside to start the cash register for the next day, as well as the change in the register. The exact amount wasn't released. The diner's owner and manager were notified by police at about midnight of the incident, Gianfrancesco said. She estimated the damage to the window at about $100.

"It's heart breaking," Gianfrancesco said. "We're struggling enough as it is. Especially this time of year. It's just not right."

Anybody with information on the incident may contact the Pittsfield Police detective line at 448-9705.

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