East Side Cafe break-in nets beer, pizza and cash


PITTSFIELD -- Last call, apparently, was of no concern.

Sometime after closing time on Friday, someone broke into the East Side Cafe on Newell Street and helped themselves to beer, pizza and an undetermined amount of cash, according to Pittsfield Police.

Around 9 a.m. Saturday, cafe staff discovered someone had entered the establishment by removing the front door and breaking a window, police said.

Once inside, the suspect or suspects reheated a pizza and had a beer at the bar, before making off with an unknown amount of money from the cash register, according to police Capt. Patrick Barry of the city's detective bureau.

Despite the mess left behind, Barry said, no significant damage was done to the premises.

Police also are looking into whether the break in was connected to the theft of a car from the lot of H & S Auto Parts at 1260 East St., just around the corner from the East Side Cafe.

The car, a red 1982 Chevy El Camino, was later found abandoned and burned on Potter Mountain Road in Lanesborough, Barry said.

"Based on the proximity of the two businesses and both [crimes] happened about the same time, they could be potentially connected," he said.

However, Barry noted the two incidents are different from the recent rash of break-ins on North Street.

Anyone with information about either incident should contact Pittsfield Police Det. Kim Bertelli at (413) 448-9705.


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