Pittsfield Police Seeking Information on BHS Burglars
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking the public's assistance with in what they are describing as a "somewhat unusual investigation."
According to a press release:
Over one month ago, during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, two individuals entered a property owned and operated by Berkshire Health Systems and stole a number of computers. The two men appeared to be comfortable in their setting and spent a considerable amount of time inside of the property.
They appeared to be knowledgeable about computers and were looking for specific items to take. Both suspects appeared to be thin or athletic white males, and they had a dog on a leash accompanying them during the burglary.
Suspect No. 1 appeared to have dark hair with a short beard and he wore eyeglasses. He was wearing a baseball cap, dark Nike sweat shirt, dark pants and sneakers. He had a dark backpack, possibly Northface brand.
Suspect No. 2 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 was wearing 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.
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 Detective Bureau Tip Line at 413-448-9706, or by texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411).
Pittsfield Police Investigating 2 Shooting Incidents
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — The Police Department is investigating two shooting incidents that occurred in the city Sunday night and early Monday morning.
On Sunday 5/24/2020 at approximately 8:47pm,
Officers responded Sunday night at about 8:47 to Francis Avenue near the intersection of Bradford Street for a ShotSpotter activation. It was later discovered that a residence there had been struck by gunfire. No injuries were reported and the incident remains under investigation at this time.
Then at 12:49 a.m. Monday, there was a second ShotSpotter activation at the intersection of Second Street and Lincoln Street. Upon their arrival, officers observed an unoccupied vehicle that had been struck by gunfire. Shell casings were discovered nearby. No injuries were reported and the incident remains under investigation at this time.
Anyone who may have information about either incident 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).
Motor Vehicle Crash, Shooting Leads to Arrest in Pittsfield
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — A motor vehicle accident that lead to a shooting resulted in the arrest of a Springfield man on Thursday night.
Police say the incident occurred at about 10:05 p.m. when multiple units responded to the report of shots fired in the area of Palmer's Variety, located at 221 Elm St. There was some type of altercation that included two vehicles, one of which crashed. According to independent eyewitnesses, a passenger in one of the vehicles then fired multiple rounds at the other vehicle.
Damage consistent with gunfire was observed on the victim's vehicle. A handgun and ammunition were later discovered a short distance away from the shooting. No significant injuries were reported.
William Hennessey, 27, of Springfield was arrested and charged with assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, carrying a firearm without a license, and discharging a firearm within 500 feet of a dwelling. The investigation is ongoing and additional charges against Hennessey and others may be forthcoming.
Anyone who may have information about this incident is asked to contact the Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705. Information can also be provided anonymously via the Detective Bureau Tip Line at 413-448-9706, or by texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411).
Pittsfield Police Seeking Information on Big Y Express Robbery
Police are asking anyone who recognizes this person to call 413-448-9706.
Updated Tuesday evening with images.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police are seeking information on a robbery Sunday evening at the Big Y Express gas station and convenience store on West Street.
The robbery was reported at about 4:55 p.m. Responding officers learned that a man had entered the conenience store, made a threat to an employee and demanded money. No weapon was displayed.
The man was given an amount of cash and he left the area, most likely on foot. No one was injured during the incident.
The suspect is described as being white or Hispanic man in his 30s or 40s, approximately 5-foot-9 or shorter with dark brown eyes and bushy eyebrows. He was wearing a gray and black Adidas ball cap, light blue or gray face covering, dark sweatshirt, blue and black backpack, gray sweat pants, and red Nike sneakers.
Images from the store's video surveillance system will be released at a later date.
Anyone who may have information is asked to contact Lt. John Soules at 413-448-9700, Ext. 599. Information can also be provided anonymously via the Tip Line at 413-448-9706, texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411).
Pittsfield Fire Department Contains Weekend Blazes
Pittsfield firefighters douse a blaze on Plunkett Street on Sunday.
PITTISFIELD, Mass. — Firefighters were able to save two structures from significant damage over the weekend.
The first occurred on Saturday morning in a two-unit apartment building at 126 Union St. that the Fire Department said was caused by "careless disposal of smoking materials."
Three engines and the ladder truck responded at 9:17 a.m. to reports of smoke detectors going off in one of the apartments in the two-story, wood-frame building.
"Upon arrival we found smoke showing from a first-floor window," Deputy Chief Daniel Garner reported. Engine 5 secured the water supply while Engine 2 searched the building.
The fire was contained to a first-floor bedroom. No one was injured but damage was estimated at $5,000. The occupants of the apartment were provided with temporary accommodations by the Red Cross but residents in the other apartment were allowed to return to their home.
The second fire occurred Sunday evening at 6:33 p.m. at 42 Plunkett St. The fire was in the rear of the three-story building.
"Upon arrival we found fire on the rear third-floor deck and extending up along siding and under the deck roof," said Deputy Chief Neil Myers.
The top apartment suffered fire and water damage in the rear and minor smoke damage throughout. Myers estimated damage at $5,000.
All the occupants were able to get out of the building and no one was injured, including a cat and dog that were in the apartment's front bedroom.
The cause of the fire is still under investigation but all the occupants were able to return to their homes.
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