Man robs Pittsfield Cooperative Bank branch on Dalton Avenue


PITTSFIELD -- Pittsfield Police are looking for a man they say robbed the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank on Dalton Avenue and made off with a sum of cash Monday.

At 1 p.m. on Monday, a suspect -- described as a white male, 5-foot-8, weighing about 200 pounds -- walked up to a teller with a note, police said. He was given cash and made his getaway on foot down Dartmouth Street, which is located on the next block west from the bank at 110 Dalton.

Police did not release the content of the note or the amount of cash that was taken. Police also said he did not display a weapon to the teller.

A sign on the door explained the bank was closed due to an emergency situation. A call to the bank's president and CEO, Jay Anderson, was not immediately returned.

A clerk at nearby gas station said she was unaware of the robbery until two police cruisers came screeching into the bank's parking lot followed by many more. "There was a ton of cops there," she said.

A K9 patrol was brought in to search for the suspect on Dartmouth Street, said the woman.

Police described the suspect as being in his late 30s to mid 40s, wearing blue jeans and a yellow T-shirt with the clothing company logo, "Pelle Pelle," prominently displayed across the front. He was also wearing a tan cap and black rectangular frame glasses.

Anyone with information is asked to call the Pittsfield Police Detective Bureau at (413) 448-9705.

The last bank robbery in Pittsfield occurred nearly a year ago to the day. On March 30, 2012, Brenda Santos, 23, of Whitman, passed a note to a teller at the Greylock Federal Credit Union office on Elm Street and made off with $2,900 in cash.

She and a codefendant, 32-year-old Brandon Wood of Pittsfield, were later arrested in Brookline. Wood is serving a 3 1/2 to five-year prison sentence. Santos is serving two years of probation.


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