Pittsfield KwikMart the latest victim of armed robbery
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PITTSFIELD — The KwikMart on West Housatonic Street was the scene of the latest armed robbery in the city Tuesday evening.
Around 7:35 p.m., three people entered the convenience and package store — two carrying handguns — intent on robbing the store, according to city police at the crime scene. What, if anything, was taken is unknown and there were no reports of injuries.
The three suspects fled on foot heading in a southwesterly direction behind the store, leaving fresh tracks in the new fallen snow.
A Pittsfield police canine unit was called to help pursue the thieves.
This is the 10th robbery that has occurred since November.
Saturday, a thief made off with $1,500 from the register of Peaslee's Package & Variety.
Police Chief Michael Wynn said in a statement released Friday afternoon that most appear to have been committed by different sets of suspects.
Ivy Rogers, 30, a suspect in an eighth robbery — of Zuke's Soups on Dec. 10 — has been arrested and charged. The remaining cases remain open, said Wynn.
The open robbery investigations focus on:
• A Nov. 23 robbery of the West Housatonic Street Angelina's.
• A Dec. 4 robbery of a delivery driver for Empire Pizza on Parker Street.
• A Dec. 8 robbery of the Wahconah Street Gulf Station.
• A Dec. 23 robbery of the Elm Street Getty station.
• A Dec. 30 robbery of the North Street branch of the Greylock Federal Credit Union.
• A Dec. 31 robbery of the Salvation Army on Dalton Avenue.
• A Jan. 7 robbery of Dawes Avenue Variety.
Police suspect the Jan. 7 robbery may somehow be connected to a bomb threat called in to police shortly before it occurred.
No one was injured in any of the robberies, Wynn said.
Six of those robberies involved handguns, three were committed using knives.
All but one of the suspects are male.
Six of the robberies were committed by a lone individual, two others were each committed by two suspects.
There appears to be no geographic pattern to the robberies, according to Wynn, and eyewitness information thus far, "has not been particularly strong."
Wynn said one of the Pittsfield robberies appears to be linked to a robbery in South Hadley on Jan. 7.
Wynn said certain details of the crimes are not being released, because the investigations are still active and ongoing.
Police urge businesses and individuals to remain aware of people or vehicles loitering in the area, especially near closing time and call police if they become suspicious, increase staffing in evenings and at closing and install surveillance equipment, if possible.
Wynn said people who become a victim of a robbery should comply with demands and not to do anything that would place them in jeopardy.
If a robbery occurs, Wynn said the business should immediately lock their doors after, call 911 and write down any details of the suspect.
Anyone with information about any of the robberies is asked to call the Pittsfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705.