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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Great Barrington Dispensary Combines Art, Equity, 'Luxury' Cannabis
By Brittany PolitoiBerkshires Staff
GREAT BARRINGTON, Mass. — A new Berkshire County dispensary combines sophisticated design, vintage elements, and inclusion to create what the purveyors hope is a unique cannabis shopping experience.
Social media strategist Alexander Farnsworth and his brother Brayden, and fashion designer Adam Lippes launched their joint venture, Farnsworth Fine Cannabis on March 1 with a retail location in Great Barrington. The shop is LGBTQ-plus owned and pledges that 65 percent of the business staff will be made up of LGBTQ-plus, women, racial minorities, and veterans.
Lippes has been a part-time resident of the Berkshires for about 15 years and Farnsworth first had the idea for a high-end dispensary in 2012 when Colorado legalized the plant.
"I kind of fell in love with Great Barrington because it reminded me of a mini Park City where I spent a lot of time growing up," Farnsworth said. "And so one of my very first thoughts upon arriving in Great Barrington was 'this would be the perfect place for a pot shop.'"
Social media strategist Alexander Farnsworth and his brother Brayden, and fashion designer Adam Lippes launched their joint venture, Farnsworth Fine Cannabis on March 1 with a retail location in Great Barrington. click for more
In the spring 2021 session of the Berkshire Outdoor Recreation Summit, representatives from the entities explained how the partnership is tying in historical education, outdoor recreation, and art in this project.
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Several city councilors are crying foul over a superintendent of schools search process that ended with the internal candidate being selected.
The School Committee had failed the city's students, they said, and "would move Pittsfield backward." click for more