Pittsfield Police continue investigating 7 city robberies
PITTSFIELD — City police are actively investigating seven robberies in the city that have occurred since late November.
Police Chief Michael Wynn said in a statement released Friday afternoon that all seven of the robberies 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 most recent 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.
Four of those robberies involved handguns, the other three were committed using knives.
All but one of the suspects are male.
Five of the robberies were committed by a lone individual, the remaining two were each committed by two suspects.
Three of the suspects are white males, two are black and the remaining two robberies involved male or female suspects of unknown race.
Four of the robberies occurred when the victim or employee of the targeted business were alone. There were multiple employees present during the commission of the other three.
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.
"Particulars of investigative/interdictory techniques will be kept vague so as to not hinder the investigation, or to aid criminals," part of Wynn's statement read.
Wynn said the current manpower level of the patrol division doesn't allow for increased patrols at this time, but officers from other divisions within the department have been tasked with assisting in the open robbery investigations.
In the meantime, 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.
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