Stockbridge bank robber sentenced to jail, probation

Editor's note: Due to a reporting error, this story has been updated to correct Christopher Blair's sentencing in the March 2014 robbery of the Lee Bank in Stockbridge; Blair received a two-year jail term followed by three years of probation. An earlier version of this story transposed the sentence of a Christopher Allen, who was in court Thursday on a violation of probation hearing; Allen received a sentence to a drug rehabilitation facility. The Eagle regrets the error.

PITTSFIELD -- A Hillsdale, N.Y. man charged in a Stockbridge bank robbery was sentenced to two years in jail Thursday afternoon in Berkshire Superior Court.

Christopher G. Blair, 34, pleaded guilty to one count of unarmed robbery and one count of larceny over $250.

In addition to serving time in the Berkshire County House of Correction for the larceny charge, Judge John A. Agostini also sentenced Blair to three years of probation for the unarmed robbery charge, with the conditions that Blair will be subject to random drug testing and remain drug-free.

Massachusetts State Police said Blair, with the hood of his jacket turned up to hide his identity, walked into the Lee Bank on Elm Street in Stockbridge just before the 4 p.m. closing time March 10. He handed one of the tellers a note ordering her to give him money, police said.

When the teller asked him what the note meant, Blair demanded money. He hopped over the counter, snatched money in the teller's hands and also rifled the cash drawer at which she worked.

He then exited the bank, and drove south in a beat-up blue Chevrolet truck.

He was arrested a few hours later in Hillsdale by New York State Police. He had about $525 in cash when he was arrested, according to police.

Blair admitted to police he was high on heroin when he robbed the bank, and later used the stolen cash to purchase more heroin.

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