Pittsfield man charged in 2011 armed robbery


PITTSFIELD -- A Pittsfield man wanted in connection with two thefts, including the armed holdup of a gas station in 2011, was arrested by Pittsfield police.

Erich Rawlins, 30, pleaded not guilty to the charges in Central Berkshire District Court on Monday.

Rawlins is accused of covering himself in a blue bandana and displaying a handgun in the January 2011 robbery of the Getty gas station on Elm Street during the early evening. Nobody was hurt during the alleged crime.

According to the police report, police found the blue bandana and a blue sweatshirt the robber wore during the crime, near footprints adjacent to the parking lot of Angelina's Submarine Shop on Elm Street.

Police recently were notified by the state that DNA from the bandana matched Rawlins, according to police. After being arrested on a warrant, Rawlins allegedly confessed to the crime and said he used a pellet gun.

Rawlins also is accused of stealing $500 from a co-worker at Angelina's in March. Rawlins allegedly took the cash out of the woman's purse. Video surveillance from the shop showed him going into the purse and taking the money, according to a police report.

Rawlins was arraigned on Monday by Judge Rita Koenigs, who remanded Rawlins to the Berkshire County Jail and House of Correction on $50,000 bail on the 2011 robbery charge and $1,000 bail for the latest case.

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