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June 30. 2014 8:02PM

Portsmouth truck stop held up by man armed with knife


Portsmouth police say this man pulled a knife on a clerk at Hanscom’s Truck Stop on the Route 1 Bypass early Monday morning. It is the second armed robbery in six days in the city. (COURTESY)

PORTSMOUTH — Police are searching for a man who robbed Hanscom’s Truck Stop early Monday morning, the second time in six days that a store was targeted by a robber armed with a knife.

Investigators said while there is not enough information to determine at this time whether the Hanscom robbery and the robbery of a Cabot Street Market clerk on June 24 are related, they were again releasing details about the first robbery, along with surveillance photographs and a video.

Hanscom’s, located on the Route 1 Bypass, was robbed at 1:18 a.m. by a white man who had a navy blue bandanna covering his face as he entered the store. The man brandished a knife at the clerk and then emptied the cash register, running out the door with the cash.

The robber is described as being 5-foot-8, weighing140 pounds and wearing blue jeans and a black or navy hooded sweatshirt, with a long white shirt underneath it.

Officer Scott Pearl and his K9 Steel tracked the robber up Cutts Avenue to Maplewood Avenue, but the trail went cold near the Cutts Mansion.

The first robbery happened about 12:30 a.m. on June 24 at the Cabot Street Market, 125 Cabot St. The clerk had just closed the store and was getting into a vehicle parked on Cabot Street when a man wearing a plaid hooded sweatshirt, sunglasses and with a cloth or towel covering the lower half of his face, pulled out a knife and demanded his money. The clerk complied and the robber fled the area. No one was injured.

Anyone with information about either of the robberies is asked to call the Bureau of Investigative Services at 436-2511, or to remain anonymous, call Crime Stoppers at 603-431-1199.

An anonymous tip also may be left at seacoastcrimestoppers.org or be sent by text to CRIMES (274637) with the letters “TIPSCS.” A tip that leads to an arrest or indictment could earn the tipster a cash reward of up to $1,000.


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