Pittsfield police probe string of robberies; most by armed suspects


PITTSFIELD — City police are investigating a string of robberies in recent weeks, including three that were committed by armed suspects.

The most recent incident was at Zuke's Soups and Variety on West Street on Thursday evening. Police did not mention a weapon in that robbery.

No one has been hurt in any of the incidents, according to Pittsfield Police Chief Michael Wynn, and none appear to be related.

The first incident — a knifepoint hold-up of Angelina's Sandwich Shop on Nov. 23 — remains open and ongoing, police said.

On Dec. 4, a delivery driver from Empire Pizza on North Street reported being held up at gunpoint on Parker Street by a lone male suspect.

The suspect was described as a male in his early to mid-20s wearing a dark, hooded sweatshirt. He got away with an undisclosed amount of cash and credit card receipts and fled north on Parker toward Springside Avenue.

On Dec. 8, the Gulf station on Wahconah Street also was robbed at gunpoint.

Two suspects are believed to be involved in that robbery, both described as young males.

Both were masked and armed with handguns and wearing black, hooded sweatshirts and red or pink-colored gloves, police said.

The suspects in that robbery left with an undisclosed amount of cash and tobacco products, police said.

Shortly after 5 p.m. Thursday, a woman robbed Zuke's of an undisclosed of cash.

She is described as heavy-set, weighing about 200 pounds and wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt and pants, with a scarf over her mouth and gloves.

Police said surveillance photos of the latter two robberies will be released as they become available.

Anyone with information about any of these incidents is asked to contact the Pittsfield Police Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705.

Contact Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249.


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