Pittsfield Mayor Tyer says police hard at work solving rash of robberies

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PITTSFIELD — Calling the citywide rash of recent robberies and incidents like them, "unacceptable," Mayor Linda Tyer on Wednesday assured citizens the police are hard at work investigating all nine of the open cases.

"We recognize and understand the community's deep concerns regarding a string of robbery events that have occurred in the city of Pittsfield," she said in a statement released Wednesday.

"Incidents that compromise the safety and well-being of our city's residents are unequivocally unacceptable," Tyer said. "As ensuring the security of the people of Pittsfield is our highest priority, the Pittsfield Police Department is hard at work investigating the 10 robberies that have occurred in the city since November 2015."

According to police, suspects are being sought in nine of those robberies. Ivy Rogers, 30, was arrested and charged in the remaining case; the unarmed robbery of Zuke's Soups & Variety on Dec. 10.

Tyer said officers within the department who would normally be carrying out special patrols such as traffic and gang details have been tasked with assisting in prevention of future robberies and investigation of current ones.

"The police department's beat officers are making it a point in-between calls to be visible and conduct patrols in and around businesses," she said.

In a statement released last week, Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn said the department believes the robberies being investigated up to that point were all committed by different suspects.

Since that statement, two more armed robberies occurred, one of Peaslee's Package & Variety Store on Jan. 9 and the other of the KwikMart on West Housatonic Street on Tuesday evening.

Pittsfield Police have not released any information on those most recent robberies.

Almost all of the robberies to this point have targeted businesses, including the North Street branch of the Greylock Federal Credit Union on Dec. 30.

The exception is a Dec. 4 robbery in which a pizza delivery driver was held up on Parker Street.

"I would like to affirm that the strength of our city's local economy lies in that of our small businesses," Tyer said. "Every day in our city, small-business owners work hard to provide essential goods and services to not only our community, but throughout Berkshire County and beyond."

Anyone with information on any of the open robbery investigations is asked to contact the Pittsfield Police Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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