Robbery, robbery attempt under investigation in Manchester
December 15. 2015 10:43AM
MANCHESTER – A knife-wielding man made off with an undisclosed amount of cash in a robbery of a Somerville Street market Monday night, while a second man early Tuesday morning tried to rob the 7-Eleven on Queen City Avenue but was thwarted by the clerk, who locked herself in an office and called police.
Police were alerted to the robbery at Shawn's Corner Market, 912 Somerville St., at 8:40 p.m. Monday when a panic alarm sounded.
Officer Derek Cataldo spoke with store clerk Dinash Gandhi, 66. He told the officer he was standing behind the counter when a man armed with a knife jumped over the counter and began fighting with him.
The robber, the knife in his hand, ordered Gandhi to open the cash drawer as the two men continued to fight, police said.
Gandhi opened the cash drawer and the robber grabbed an undisclosed amount of cash and fled, police said.
The clerk described the robber as a white man, but could not give his height or weight. The robber wore a gray and black checkered winter coat, blue jeans and a tan mask.
At 2:50 a.m. Tuesday, with a gray mask covering his face, a man tried to rob the 7-Eleven at 117 Queen City Ave.
Clerk Debra Root, 47, was inside the store near the coffee area when a man walked in, according to police, and told her to open the cash register drawer.
Root told him to leave, grabbed her cell phone and then locked herself inside the office and called police.
The man tried to open the office door, then tried to open the cash register, police said. He fled without any cash or merchandise.
Root couldn't provide the man's ethnicity, but she told police he was about 5-foot-9, build unknown and was last seen wearing a black jacket with a black hooded sweatshirt underneath. He had the hood up and had a gray mask covering his face.
He wore dark gloves, black shoes and blue jeans during the robbery, police said.
Police said Root did not see him leave the store.
Detectives continue to investigate both incidents and said they do not know if they are connected.