PITTSFIELD -- Police are investigating a series of business break-ins in the area of Dalton Avenue, the latest rash of its kind in the city.
On Wednesday morning, Pittsfield Police began receiving reports of break-ins from several businesses, including three restaurants, a hair salon and an equipment rental company.
Many had been entered in the same way -- a window smashed in with a rock -- and the cash drawers taken.
Pittsfield Police Capt. John Mullin declined to say how much money, if any, was taken in the break-ins.
It's believed they occurred overnight between Tuesday and Wednesday.
Among the businesses affected were: Koto Hibachi Steakhouse, 795 Dalton Ave.; Zucco's Family Restaurant at 451 Dalton Ave; County Wide Rental, 531 Dalton Ave.; and Bellamia Hair Design at 10 Dalton Avenue. Elizabeth's Restaurant at 1264 East St., also was hit.
There have also been a string of business break-ins that began in late-May in the area of North and South streets.
Among the businesses that reported being broken into on May 27 were the Colonial Theatre on South Street and Mission Bar & Tapas on North Street.
Pittsfield Police Detective Capt. Patrick F. Barry said they believe the same perpetrator or perpetrators are behind many of the break-ins based on the mode of operation -- the time of the break-ins, how the buildings were entered and what kinds of things were stolen -- but that they do not currently have any "hard leads."
"Undoubtedly some are related," he said.
There are funds available for tips that lead to arrests in cases like this, said Barry.
Anyone with information on any of the break-ins is asked to call the PPD at (413) 448-9700.
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