Update 3:30 p.m.: Pittsfield Police report that Patrick Sheerin, 28, of Pittsfield, was arrested in Pittsfield on Monday morning and will be arraigned Tuesday in Central Berkshire District Court in relation to the robberies.
Sheerin is being charged with five counts of armed robbery at four conveniences stores in Pittsfield and one in Lenox.
The first three incidents occurred within less than a half-hour on Sunday: the Lipton Mart at 460 South St. on Sunday at 6:51 p.m., the second at the Lipton Mart at 426 Pittsfield Road in Lenox at 7:04 p.m. and the third at Palmer's Variety at 221 Elm St. at 7:16 p.m.
The second two robberies were on Sunday morning, the first at the Cumberland Farms at 885 Dalton Ave. at 2:31 a.m. and the second at Convenience Plus at 115 Dalton Ave. at 8:29 a.m.
The investigation into these incidents is being conducted by the Pittsfield and Lenox police departments and the state police. Other charges may be forthcoming. Anyone with information on any of these robberies is asked to contact lead Detective James Losaw at 413-448-9700, Ext. 572.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Police in Pittsfield and Lenox are looking for the perpetrator in five different robberies of convenience stores in the two communities that have occurred since Sunday afternoon.
The suspect reportedly threatened that he was in possession of a weapon but did not display one when he demanded cash from the businesses.
He is described as a tall and slender white male. The robberies in both communities occurred at different hours of the day and night and law enforcement believes the same individual perpetrated all five robberies.
As a result of these incidents, the Pittsfield Police Department is increasing
patrols at this time and is asking all area business owners and employees to be aware of any suspicious individuals inside or around their businesses.
Police are also encouraging businesses equipped with a video surveillance system or alarm to ensure these systems are operational. Report any suspicious activity to Pittsfield Police immediately at 413-448-9700 or call 911 if it is an emergency. More information regarding these incidents will be released at a later time.
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Downtown Pittsfield Inc. Eyes Strategic Plan, Reflects on 'Rough Year'
By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
PITTSFIELD, Mass. — Downtown Pittsfield Inc. is emerging from the pandemic year with the intention of developing a strategic plan process that includes all of its members and stakeholders.
The goal will be to think about how Pittsfield can be a thriving place to live, work, and play for all members of broader communities.
President Branden Huldeen explained that he sees three ways that everyone can move forward together: innovation, collaboration, and the very important work in equity, diversity, inclusion, and access.
"I want to recognize it, it's been a rough year. And rough is probably the kindest word I could probably use for right now. But I'm proud of the number of businesses that have been able to push through so far," Huldeen said at Thursday's annual meeting.
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