Police seek two men who stole computers from BHCS facility

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PITTSFIELD — Police are investigating the theft of computers from a property owned and operated by Berkshire Healthcare Systems .

In a statement posted on Facebook, the Pittsfield Police Department said two people — and a dog on a leash — entered the property and stole a number of computers "over one month ago, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic."

The stolen computers were brand new and still in their packing boxes, said Michael Leary, director of media relations for Berkshire Health Systems, which is associated with BHCS. "They had never been used and contained no patient information of any kind and no information about Berkshire Healthcare Systems."

Leary said the stolen computers had no connection to Berkshire Medical Center, Fairview Hospital or the BHS physician practices.

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The men appeared to be thin or athletic white males, and seemed "comfortable in their setting and spent a considerable amount of time inside of the property," according to the statement. "They appeared to be knowledgeable about computers and were looking for specific items to take. 

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The first man appeared to have dark hair and a short beard and wore glasses, police said. He was wearing a baseball cap, dark Nike sweatshirt, dark pants and sneakers, and had a dark backpack, possibly Northface brand.

The second man appeared to have lighter hair and was clean shaven. Early in the burglary he wore a bandana or something similar on his head and a dark Northface jacket. He later took off the head covering and jacket and wore a white T-shirt:

The dog appeared to be a smaller terrier with mostly black fur, thin (probably 40 pounds or less) with a tail that curved upward.

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Pittsfield-based Berkshire Healthcare Systems provides rehabilitation, nursing home and other senior care services  in the Berkshires and across Massachusetts. It operates largely independently of Berkshire Health Systems.

Anyone who may have information about this incident, or who believes they can identify the suspects, is asked to contact the detective bureau at 413-448-9705. Information can also be provided anonymously via the tip line at 413-448-9706, or by texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411).

This story has been modified to correct the name of the targeted organization.


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