Clerk thwarts attempted robbery, scores 2 cell phones and green sweater in the struggle

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Sweater and two cell phones left behind at Z&J.
Sweater and two cell phones left behind at Z&J.

MANCHESTER, NH – Police are investigating an attempted robbery at a Bridge Street convenience store on Monday afternoon in which the clerk managed to fight off the robber, who got away empty handed – and even left some belongings behind.

On Monday February 6, 2017, at approximately 4:35 p.m., officers responded to Z&J Market, 266 Bridge St., for a reported attempted robbery.

Z&J Market
Z&J Market

The man walked into the store and greeted the clerk. He then walked behind the counter, demanded the clerk hand over money, while shoving and punching the clerk.

The clerk pushed the man out of the store until a passerby witnessed the struggle and came to the clerk’s aid.

A green sweater was pulled off the man during the struggle, which was left behind, along with two cell phones.

The man did not show a weapon or indicate that he had one, and did not get any money from the clerk.

He was described as a skinny white male, short in stature, between 5-foot-3 and 5-foot 6 inches tall black hair, last seen wearing a white T-shirt and tan pants.

Police say there are no surveillance camera images of the suspect.

Anyone with information relating to the attempted robbery is asked to call the Manchester Police Department Detective Division at 603-668-8711 or remain anonymous through Manchester Crime Line online, or by calling 603-624-4040.

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