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Tossed beer bottle, customers thwart attempted robbery


MANCHESTER — A tossed bottle of beer and two unexpected customers were enough to send a gunman running for the door when he tried to rob a Somerville Street store Monday night, according to police.

Police said about 8 p.m., a masked gunman entered Shawn’s Corner Market at 912 Somerville St. He pointed the gun at a customer who was waiting at the counter for the store clerk who was at the rear of the store, according to police.

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The masked robber ordered the customer to keep his hands up and then he walked towards the clerk who threw a bottle of beer at him, police said.

Simultaneously, two other customers entered the store, apparently startling the gunman, who ran out, police said. The clerk chased after him, throwing a second bottle of beer at the robber as he ran away, police said.

The would-be robber is described as a white male, about 6-foot-5 with a very thin build. He wore a black ball cap, a black hooded sweatshirt and black jeans. He also had a black bandanna masking his face.

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to call police at 668-8711. Anonymous tips for cash rewards may be made by calling 624-4040 or online at manchestercrimeline.org .
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