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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Homelessness Advisory Panel Reprimanded For Internal Disrespect
By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
Chairwoman Kim Borden warns advisory committee members to be on their best behavior after 'inappropriate' communications.
PITTSFIELD, Mass. -- The Homelessness Advisory Committee reportedly experienced recent issues with "highly inappropriate behavior and communication, threats and the spreading of misinformation" and Chairwoman Kim Borden is not having it.
At the third meeting as a newly established committee on Wednesday, Borden shared her thoughts on the current climate of the committee.
"In the last month, I've been subjected to highly inappropriate behavior and communication, which has include bullying threats and the spreading of misinformation," Borden said. "At this time, I will not identify the specific depict individuals as I do not believe in public shaming. This is not what I signed up for and more importantly, I do not believe that other committee members should be subjected to this extraordinarily destructive dynamic."
This type of communication or behavior may result in a request that appropriate steps be taken to remove the person or persons creating a hostile and/or unproductive environment, she said.
At this time, no committee members are being removed. If any are removed, they will be replaced with individuals with an "appropriate level of civility and a desire to work together as a team and respect others."
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The topic sparking controversy was the reclassification of Human Resource Director Michael Taylor's position and a salary increase of roughly $7,500. It passed 4-1 with Maffuccio voting in opposition.
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Twenty percent of Berkshire County's population has received their first dose of the COVID-19 vaccination as of Thursday and around 8 percent have received the second dose. There were more than 3,000 Berkshire County residents vaccinated on Saturday.
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