Lenox police seek women in downtown shoplifting incident

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LENOX — Police are seeking two female suspects believed to be from Pittsfield following a brazen, daytime heist of more than $1,850 in merchandise from Berkshire Classic Leather and Silver in the heart of the downtown business district.

The alleged shoplifters were identified through surveillance videos from the store's security system.

After their photos were posted on the Lenox Police Facebook page, tips came in that pointed the lead investigator, Lenox Officer William Colvin, to the likely suspects, though no arrests have been made yet.

The merchandise — including a wallet, two handbags and a vest — was discovered to be missing on Monday and police were alerted the following morning, Lenox Police Chief Stephen O'Brien said.

The store has been owned by Mark Parsons for more than 18 years. He explained that an employee had noticed the items missing soon after showing them to the would-be customers who made "a quick getaway."

"They were able to find some video of when and how the larcenies occurred," said O'Brien. "They stated that they observed two females in the store that they suspect committed the larcenies. We were able to take the photos and post them to our department Facebook page, which led us to very good suspects in the case."

The chief said on Friday that the incident remains under very active investigation. "We will be looking to speak with anyone who has any information about the larcenies," he added.

Shoplifting incidents are relatively rare downtown, he said. Monday's theft appeared to be isolated, O'Brien noted, since no other reports of missing merchandise have come in.

Thefts of property valued above $250 are felonies under state law, carrying a potential maximum penalty of up to five years in a state prison or a fine of up to $2,500 with a jail term of up to two years.


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