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November 7, 2013

Police search for gas station robber

AMESBURY — Local police are continuing their search for a man they believe robbed the Sunoco gas station on Route 110 yesterday around 3 p.m. and fled in a black sedan moments later.

Amesbury police Lt. William Scholtz said 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, the suspect fled on foot into a car he had parked across the busy thoroughfare and drove down Elm Street.

No one else was in the store, but customers were at the pumps at the time of the robbery, Scholtz said.

“He went up Elm Street, and from there we’re not sure where he went,” Scholtz said.

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 before it connects to Interstate 495. The suspect could have also taken a right on Monroe Street, which would have brought him into Salisbury and possibly to Interstate 495.

Other than the color of the car, the attendant was unable to give a make or year.

“It’s pretty brazen,” Scholtz said of the suspect’s decision to park several yards away, and to choose a time where potentially plenty of customers could have been inside the gas station.

Items believed to have been worn by the suspect during the robbery were recovered on Elm Street, Scholtz added.

By 4:30 p.m., police had left the gas station, which remained closed, and a large maroon pickup truck blocked off the station’s Elm Street entrance. A state police cruiser was spotted near the Interstate 495 on-ramp.

According to a motorist, police sealed off entrances to the gas station while police officers took photos and strung yellow police tape. Traffic backed up as other motorists passed the crime scene.

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