, Newburyport, MA

December 6, 2013

Police cull evidence in recent gas station robbery

By Dave Rogers
Staff Writer

---- — AMESBURY -- Local police are awaiting lab results to help crack the case of a man who robbed the Sunoco gas station on Route 110 last month, then sped off in a black sedan.

Around 3 p.m. on Nov. 6, a white male around 6 feet tall entered the gas station, located near Elm Street, and demanded money. It is unknown whether he was armed. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, he fled on foot into a car he had parked across the busy thoroughfare and drove down Elm Street.

Police, who raced to the scene within minutes, suspect the robber could have taken a left onto Rocky Hill Road and looped around back onto Route 110. The suspect could have also taken a right on Monroe Street, which would have brought him into Salisbury.

Items believed to have been worn by the suspect during the robbery were recovered on Elm Street. Yesterday, police said they were still investigating the theft and clothing, and other pieces of evidence are currently being analyzed.

Amesbury police are not alone in their quest to solve recent robberies or burglaries.

Newburyport police continue to investigate a recent gas station robbery. According to Newburyport police, on Friday, Nov. 22, a white male walked into a Storey Avenue Mobil station, located near the northbound ramp to Interstate 95, at around 8 p.m. and repeatedly demanded money from a clerk. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled on foot.

Newburyport police detectives are looking at similarities between the Sunoco robbery across the river and the Mobil on the Run theft but nothing conclusive has been reached yet.

Days later, Newburyport police responded to a reported break-in at Michael’s Harborside. Nothing was reported missing from the popular Merrimac Street restaurant, and like the Mobil on the Run robbery, the crime was caught on video camera. Newburyport police do not believe the two incidents are related, according to an inspector.

Anyone with information regarding last month’s Sunoco robbery is asked to call the Amesbury Police Department at 978-388-1217.