Police: Man offered to help fix flat tire, instead fled with woman's cash

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PITTSFIELD -- Police are looking for the man they say pretended to help a woman in distress but robbed her instead.

According to the Pittsfield Police, just before noon on Friday, a 42-year-old woman who was trying to fix a flat tire on her vehicle in the Summer Street parking garage in Pittsfield was approached by a male acquaintance who offered to help her. Instead, he reached into her purse and stole an undisclosed amount of money before running off, said police.

"We have a suspect in the case," said Pittsfield Police Sgt. Matthew Hill, who is heading up the investigation.

On Friday afternoon, police were searching the Summer Street area with a K-9 unit, but failed to find the man. He remains at large.

Anyone with information on this crime is asked to call PPD at 413-448-9700.


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