Pittsfield Police seek information about Lipton Mart robbery

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PITTSFIELD — An unidentified male apparently took advantage of a rare lull in traffic at the Elm Street Lipton Mart Wednesday night and chose that moment to rob the store.

Manager Brian Yerrick said there were two members of the staff on duty about 10:25 p.m., when the suspect, described as a white male, between 5 feet, 8 inches and 6 feet tall, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt, with his face obscured, entered the store and demanded cash.

Yerrick said the suspect did not claim to have a weapon nor show one, but had his hand in his pocket during the robbery.

The clerks were shaken up, but not injured, Yerrick said.

The suspect left on foot with about $520 in cash, headed east.

Yerrick, who has managed that location for about 10 years, said incidents like Wednesday's are pretty rare, due in large part to the normally heavy flow of customers in and out of the store.

Anyone who may have witnessed, or who may have information about this incident, is asked to contact the Pittsfield Police Department Detective Bureau at 413-448-9705. Information can also be provided anonymously via the Detective Bureau, the Drug Tips hotline at 413-448-9708, or by texting PITTIP and your message to TIP411 (847411).

Reach staff writer Bob Dunn at 413-496-6249 or @BobDunn413 on Twitter.


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