Suspect in 2011 robbery of Pittsfield gas station held on $52,000 bail


PITTSFIELD -- A man accused of robbing a gas station in 2011 and taking money from a co-worker earlier this year is being held on $52,000 bail.

On Wednesday in Berkshire Superior Court, Erich Rawlins, 30, of Deming Street, denied three charges, including armed robbery while masked for allegedly robbing the Getty gas station on Elm Street on Jan. 24, 2011.

According to the Pittsfield Police, Rawlins was wearing a blue bandana over the lower portion of his face when he displayed a handgun to the clerk at the gas station and robbed the store. No one was hurt, police said.

Investigators later recovered the bandana near the scene, along with other evidence. The Massachusetts State Police lab recently confirmed that the DNA recovered from the bandana matched Rawlins, police said.

Rawlins allegedly confessed to the crime after being arrested on a warrant. He told investigators he had used a pellet gun during the robbery, according to police.

Rawlins is also facing charges for allegedly stealing $500 from a co-worker at Angelina’s Subway Shop on Elm Street in March and for allegedly stealing clonazepam, a prescription drug, in April.

On Wednesday, Judge Mary-Lou Rup ordered him held on $52,000 bail. He is due back in court on Nov. 6 for a pretrial hearing.

Rawlins is represented by attorney Jill Sheldon. The case is being prosecuted by Second Assistant Berkshire District Attorney Robert W. Kinzer III.

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