Peaslee's Package & Variety owner offers reward after gunpoint robbery

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PITTSFIELD — A gunpoint robbery at Peaslee's Package & Variety on Saturday is the eighth armed robbery to happen in the city since late November.

Alexander Peaslee, owner of the Wilson Street convenience store, posted surveillance footage of the robbery on the store's Facebook page. He's offering a $1,000 reward to anyone that provides information that leads to the arrest and conviction of the suspect.

Surveillance camera footage of the robbery, which occurred at about 7:45 p.m. on Saturday, shows a man in a black hooded sweatshirt and wearing bright orange gloves approach the counter with a gun. Peaslee, who is behind the counter, runs towards the right of the screen. He is followed by the suspect, who has his face partially covered by a white material, and returns to the cash register. The gunman waves and points the gun at Peaslee several more times as he works to open the cash register and eventually hands over the money inside.

In an interview with CBS 6 Albany, Peaslee said the suspect made off with about $1,500 in cash.

Anyone with information about the robbery is encouraged to call the Pittsfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705.


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