“But it appears, at this point, to be one individual,” Howard said.
Brazen armed robberies are rare in Newburyport, according to police, but Howard was adamant yesterday when saying such crimes would not be tolerated.
“These are not victimless crimes; you are putting people in danger. This is not the kind of situation we want in Newburyport,” said Howard, adding that in both cases, the victims did the right thing and didn’t resist.
Responding to the scenes were inspector Michael Sugrue and officers Joshua Tierney, Richard Rocco and Sgt. William Steeves. Sugrue said police are reviewing video surveillance taken from at least one of the crime scenes and may be able to glean more information about the alleged robbery.
Anyone with information regarding the identify of the suspect or the crimes in general are urged to call the Newburyport Police Department at 978-462-4411.