Police seek man who robbed Pittsfield convenience store at gunpoint

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PITTSFIELD — Police are searching for a man who robbed a city convenience store at gunpoint on Friday night.

About 11 p.m., a man wearing a ski mask walked into the XtraMart at 420 Merrill Road, brandished a firearm and demanded cash, according to a statement released Monday on the Pittsfield Police Department's Facebook page.

A witness told police the suspect was possibly a Hispanic male, about 6 feet tall, who wore a green hooded sweatshirt, black pants and black sneakers with white accents on them.

Employees of stores throughout the city should "pay special attention to individuals who appear to be loitering around their businesses," police wrote on the Facebook post.

"Some robbery and larceny suspects have been [known] to `hang out' at a target location waiting for the opportune time to commit their crime," the statement wrote.

Police did not immediately respond to an inquiry about whether the suspect in Friday's robbery was reported to have been loitering outside the XtraMart before the incident.

Anyone with information about the suspect is urged to contact Detective Ignacio Matos at 413-448-9700, ext. 576. Information can be relayed to police anonymously through the Detective Bureau Tip Line, 413-448-9706, or by texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411).

Amanda Burke can be reached at aburke@berkshireeagle.com, on Twitter @amandaburkec and 413-496-6296.

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