Lenox police obtain arrest warrant for suspect in Monday robbery
LENOX - A warrant was issued Tuesday for the arrest of the masked suspect in the Monday morning unarmed robbery of an attendant at the Lipton Mart in Lenox on Routes 7 and 20.
The warrant was issued by a clerk-magistrate at Southern Berkshire District Court in Great Barrington on Tuesday after the Lenox Police Department presented an application for a criminal complaint based on evidence that the suspect fled the scene and did not present himself to police subsequently.
According to court documents, the suspect, Robert A. Sykes, 23, of 26 Melrose Ave., Pittsfield, faces a felony charge of larceny from a person. Lenox Police Chief Stephen O'Brien also confirmed his identity late Tuesday.
Under state law, someone convicted of the crime could face up to 2 1/2 years in jail or up to five years in state prison, depending on an individual's criminal record, if any.
Authorities late Monday canceled a countywide "be on the lookout" for Sykes and his vehicle, stating that he had been located. Police on Tuesday morning clarified that police had not detained him, but no further information on his whereabouts has been made public.
Video surveillance cameras at the Mobil gas station and convenience store yielded valuable information about the perpetrator and his vehicle, O'Brien said on Monday. He had responded to the scene along with two Lenox officers.
The cameras showed the suspect entering the store, reaching over the counter and grabbing about $35 from an attendant's wallet, which was visible because she was making a purchase.
Police emphasized that the suspect did not show or threaten to display a weapon. Several customers at the busy convenience store and gas station provided eyewitness accounts of the incident to police.
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