Two armed robberies overnight in Manchester
MANCHESTER — Police are investigating two armed robberies overnight, one involving a gun and the other, a small bat.
The first robbery happened about 10:40 p.m. Tuesday at the Union Street Market, 621 Union St.
A masked man entered the store, pointed a handgun at the clerk and demanded cash.
The clerk complied and the robber fled with some cash and several packs of cigarettes.
Patrol officer Tom Whelan, searching the area for the robber, who last was seen running toward Pine and High streets, spotted a man walking in an alley who matched the robber's description and detained him.
The man, identified by police as Charles Shadle, 26, had loose change on him and three packs of cigarettes, consistent with what was taken from the store, according to police. That, with other information obtained in the investigation, led to Shadle being identified as the alleged robber. Shadle, who gave his address as the soup kitchen, was arrested and charged with robbery.
Police have not recovered the gun.
The second robbery happened about 1:30 a.m. Wednesday at the Shell station, 887 Hanover St.
The 33-year-old clerk told police a man with a bat entered the store and demanded cash. He took money from the register and then ran out, heading west on Lake Avenue from Hanover Street.
The robber is described as a white man, 25 to 35 years old, about 6-feet tall with a thin build. He wore a dark-blue, hooded sweatshirt with a white shirt underneath, dirty blue jeans and tan work boots.
He covered his face with a dark blue T-shirt with holes cut out so he could see.
Anyone with information about the gas station robbery is asked to call police at 668-8711. Anonymous tips for cash rewards may be made through Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at manchestercrimeline.org.