Pittsfield Police release surveillance stills of Co-op bank robber


PITTSFIELD -- The Pittsfield Police Department on Tuesday released two surveillance photos that capture the image of the man who robbed the Pittsfield Cooperative Bank on Dalton Avenue on Monday afternoon.

The first photo, released in black and white, shows the man at the teller counter, while a second image in color shows the man walking through the parking lot of the Angelina's Sub Shop located next door to the bank after the heist.

While police continue to search for the suspect, Pittsfield Co-op President and CEO Jay Anderson praised his employees for their actions during the incident.

"Everything we actually did was by the book in terms of security," Anderson said. "When something like that happens, all you're trying to do is get that person out of the bank as fast as possible. That's what the teller did. She did a good job."

Anderson said the bank's security and surveillance systems worked very well. He also praised the police department's response.

"They were great," he said. "They were there within seconds, which was very beneficial."

According to police, a white male in his late 30s or 40s walked into the branch at 110 Dalton Ave. at 1 p.m. Monday, handed the teller a note, and was given a sum of money. No weapon was displayed, according to police.

Anderson declined to say how much money was taken, but said it wasn't a substantial sum.

"For what they took and what they will get when they get caught, it's not a lot of money," he said.

Police said the suspect fled on foot behind the Angelina's Sub Shop and then down Dartmouth Street in the direction of Tyler Street Extension. According to Anderson, a police dog tracked the robber's scent as far as Dartmouth Street.

Police say the man is 5 feet 8 inches tall and about 220 pounds. At the time, he was wearing blue jeans and a yellow T-shirt with the clothing company logo, "Pelle, Pelle," on the front. He was also wore a tan cap and black rectangular-framed glasses.

"The investigation is ongoing," said Pittsfield Police Detective Lt. Michael Grady on Tuesday. "There's nothing new to report at this point."

Anderson said six of the branch's 12 employees were on the floor where the robbery took place. They included two customer service representatives and four tellers.

No employees were injured, Anderson said, but some were emotionally shaken.

"Mentally, it's difficult on the employees to have something like that happen," he said. "I don't want to elaborate on it too much, but it's actually challenging."

The Pittsfield Cooperative Bank has operated a branch at 110 Dalton Ave. since 1999. The branch has been robbed before, on Dec. 24, 2002. A man also tried to break into the drive-up ATM machine in September 2010. Both people eventually were caught.

Anyone with information about the incident can call the Pittsfield Police Detective Bureau at (413) 449-9705.


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