PITTSFIELD -- Police are investigating a smash-and-grab break-in at a jewelry store on North Street -- the latest in a string of break-ins targeting downtown businesses.

Someone smashed a display window at R.J. Stohr Diamonds & Fine Jewelry late Wednesday, stuck their hand through the hole, grabbed a handful of items from a display case and ran off, according to Pittsfield Police Detective Capt. Patrick F. Barry.

He declined to put a value of the items that were stolen from the business at 90 North St. Crime scene investigators processed the scene for clues, he said.

Over the last few months, a number of businesses on North Street and Dalton Avenue have been broken into, including many eateries, a hair salon, an equipment rental company and the Colonial Theatre on South Street.

Barry said there were some similarities between the latest incident and the others, but unlike the past breaks, the perpetrator didn't enter the jewelry store.

In many of the other cases entry was made after the perpetrator smashed a window with a rock. Once inside, they stole the businesses' cash drawers.

On April 28, the Morrison's Home Improvement Specialists, Inc. store, 674 North St., was the victim of an attempted break-in. Crime Scene Investigator John Bassi was able to pull a fingerprint from the scene that has been identified as belonging to a local man, Barry said. An arrest in the case is likely to come soon, police said.

Police are still evaluating whether the same person may be responsible for any of the other breaks.

Barry said there are funds available for tips that lead to arrests in cases like this.

Anyone with information on any of the break-ins is asked to call police at (413) 448-9700.

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