Pittsfield police investigating rash of auto burglaries and break-ins


PITTSFIELD -- Police are searching for suspects in an ongoing rash of auto burglaries and break-ins in Pittsfield in recent weeks, including one case in which a man who smashed a window was chased away by the owner.

Most recently, there were reported break-ins on Friday at Buchan Street, Gilbert Street, Fort Hill Avenue andWest Street, There was also a report of a motor vehicle break-in early Thursday on State Street.

On Monday, three thefts from unlocked vehicles on Richmond Avenue were reported. The owners of the vehicles reported small amounts of money, an iPod and GPS unit among the stolen items, according to Pittsfield Police Capt. Patrick Barry.

Police responding to the reports noted that this was part of a group of recent thefts from vehicles in the nearby Lenox and Weller avenues area, Barry said.

At least two of the thefts were believed to have occurred overnight from Sunday into Monday, before 3:30 a.m., Barry said. There was no apparent forced entry in those cases, he said. Additional incidents were reported on Monday morning at Jason Street, Montgomery Avenue Extension, Goodman Lane and Springside Avenue.

At 2:43 a.m. Tuesday, police received a report of a vehicle's front passenger window being smashed on Danforth Avenue, Barry said. A white male, possibly in his 40s, with a dark coat and hooded sweatshirt was chased away from the vehicle by the owner.

Three other incidents were reported on Tuesday at Adam Street, Chapel Street and Hamlin Street.

This week's rash of incidents follows more than a dozen similar reports of thefts from both locked and unlocked vehicles a week before.

Anybody with information regarding the incidents should contact the Pittsfield Police Department detective line at 413-448-9705.

To reach Nathan Mayberg:
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