- Associated Press - Wednesday, March 12, 2014

STOCKBRIDGE, Mass. (AP) - A bank robbery in Stockbridge this week appears to be the first in the Berkshire County town in almost 80 years, and may be just the second ever.

Monday’s robbery at Lee Bank also came just weeks after the town’s new police chief started.

A Hillsdale, N.Y., man has been arrested and is awaiting extradition to Massachusetts. Chief Robert Eaton Jr., who started last month, says Christopher Blair faces charges of robbery, assault and battery, and larceny in Massachusetts. Heroin addiction was the apparent motive.

Former Chief Richard Wilcox tells The Berkshire Eagle (https://bit.ly/1fTHGCG ) the last bank robbery in town was 1935. According to police records, that was a first.

The town of about 2,000 residents is famous for being home to Norman Rockwell and for the Arlo Guthrie song, “Alice’s Restaurant.”

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Information from: The Berkshire (Mass.) Eagle, https://www.berkshireeagle.com

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