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.


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"We can't say they all are."

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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