MANCHESTER, NH – Manchester Police responded to two armed robberies within five minutes on Feb. 9. The first robbery (attempt) was reported at 7:07 p.m. at 61 Market, located at 61 Maple St., and the second robbery was called in at 7:11 p.m. at Shawn’s Corner Market, 912 Somerville Street.
The clerk at 61 Market told police a masked man entered the store while brandishing a black handgun. The man demanded cash from the 22-year-old clerk. The clerk described the assailant as about 5-foot-8, 160 pounds, and was last seen wearing a black mask and dark-colored jacket and gloves. The clerk refused to give money to the robber, and engaged in an altercation with the masked man, who fled the store on foot and was seen approaching Wilson Street. The clerk described the assailant as a white male.
Approximately five minutes later police responded to 912 Somerville St. for another armed robbery call. The 49-year-old clerk reported an man entered the store and demanded cash while brandishing a small handgun. He said the man had a black mask with a black hooded sweatshirt and black gloves. He described him as approximately 5-foot-8 inches tall with a medium build. Detectives are following up on both cases to determine if they are related.
If anyone has any information about the robberies, please contact Manchester Police at 603-668-8711. You can also contact the Manchester Police Crimeline at 603-624-4040 and leave an anonymous tip. You may be eligible for a cash reward if your crime tip leads to the identification and arrest of the suspect(s).