Knife-wielding man robs Kirk's Variety

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PITTSFIELD -- A suspect in a brazen daylight armed robbery of a Tyler Street variety store remains on the loose as of Tuesday afternoon.

Pittsfield Police are searching for a male in his 20s, who was wearing a black mask and a brown hooded sweatshirt and glasses, when he robbed Kirk's Variety & Hobby Center at 784 Tyler St. today at about 1:30 p.m.

The man used a large kitchen knife to force the cashier to hand over more than $500.

Minutes after the heist, police were on the scene speaking with witnesses, while other officers spread out across the neighborhood in search of the suspect.

It appeared the man ran south on Forest Place and onto Kellogg Street.

Pittsfield Police, with the assistance of the Massachusetts State Police, canvassed the area.

A neighbor who didn't want her name used for the story said the owners were "very nice," but she added that she wasn't overly surprised by the crime.

"There's always something going on" in the area, she said. The woman said she has seen drug dealing in the neighborhood.

The husband and wife owners of the business are Dipak Umaur and Rajendra Shah.

The store was closed after the robbery and blocked off by yellow police tape.

This story will be updated in future editions of The Eagle.


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