Second round of break-ins in downtown Lee
First Pittsfield, now Lee has fallen victim to a rash of break-ins in its downtown district. Our Berkshire County reporter Brandon Walker has more on the investigation, and why police believe they're looking for one person.
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LEE, MASS. -- A surveillance camera out back Paul Face's restaurant caught a man trying to crowbar his way into a back door.
"I checked the back door on both of them, they were both locked, so nobody entered the building at all," Face, who owns Salmon Run Fish House, said.
Apparently that same person walked across the street to Otto's Breakfast Deli, also owned by Face.
"He tried to break in here," described Face as he showed off a door where the would-be burglar tried to enter.
Though, he couldn't get in there, either.
"We left there and he was here ten minutes after we left, so apparently he was watching for when we were all leaving," Face said.
Two empty handed attempts, though the alleged crook made his way down to Cork-n-Hearth restaurant along the Lee/Lenox line, taking off with $200 left in a cash register.
Before night's end he also broke into a dental office.
"These breaks are very similar in motives and operations," said Joseph Buffis, chief, Lee Police.
In more ways than one. Not only is it believed the same person is responsible for last weekend's break-ins, Lee Police figure the sting is connected to heists in February. They're looking for someone who's last known address was in Pittsfield.
"The techniques used to gain entry to the buildings are extremely similar. And there is a pattern to the type of methods that they used," Chief Buffis said.
Police are currently having surveillance video checked to see if there are any leads. In the meantime, they're alerting business owners downtown that they should be on the lookout.
"We did send an email out to the chamber and they sent it out to their members," Chief Buffis said.
Still, it's a shock to business owners like Paul Face, who says he hasn't seen action like this downtown in all his 13 years of business.
"Being so early on a Friday night, 11, 12 o'clock is not that late on a weekend, you know," he said.