Suspect in Stockbridge bank heist arraigned in Berkshire Superior Court


PITTSFIELD -- The New York man accused of robbing a Stockbridge bank last month has pleaded not guilty in Berkshire Superior Court.

The case against Christopher Blair, 34, was elevated to the superior court level following his indictment by a grand jury on charges of unarmed robbery and larceny over $250. The Hillsdale man continues to be held on $250,000 bail at the Berkshire County Jail.

Blair is accused of robbing the Stockbridge branch of Lee Bank on March 10. Massachusetts State Police said Blair, with the hood of his jacket pulled up to mask his identity, walked into the bank on Elm Street just before the 4 p.m. closing, and handed a teller a note demanding money. He did not display a weapon, police said.

The teller asked what the note meant and Blair told her to give him her money, according to a police probable cause report. She handed him the cash she had been counting. He took it, hopped over the counter, and grabbed more money before fleeing. He left in a Chevrolet truck, authorities said.

New York State Police tracked him down a few hours later in Hillsdale and arrested him,

Blair admitted he was high on heroin during the robbery, according to police. He used the bank money to buy more and used it before his arrest, police said.

This was the first bank robbery in nearly 80 years and possibly only the second in the history of Stockbridge, according to Eagle records.

The investigation was conducted by members of the Stockbridge Police department and state police detectives assigned to the District Attorney's Office.


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