NEWBURYPORT — Local police are investigating whether Friday night’s unarmed robbery at the Mobil on the Run on Storey Avenue is connected with the robbery of a Seabrook pet store days earlier.
According to local police, a white male walked into the Mobil station, located near the northbound ramp to Interstate 95, around 8 p.m. and repeatedly demanded money from a clerk. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled on foot. Police were at the scene within two minutes, but the suspect eluded capture.
Last Wednesday afternoon, a male suspect walked into Pet City, located at 185 Lafayette Road (Route 1) in Seabrook, and attempted to remove the store’s cash register. When he was confronted by the startled clerk, the suspect demanded money. When the clerk refused, an altercation broke out before the suspect fled on foot to a car parked in the adjacent parking lot of Tobacco Depot. The car then drove southbound on Lafayette Road. During the escape the suspect claimed to be armed with a knife. The clerk was not injured during the incident.
Newburyport police Lt. Richard Siemasko said police are working with Seabrook authorities to determine whether the two crimes were related.
A video taken during the robbery has been placed on the Newburyport Police Department’s Facebook page and the public is encouraged to view it and contact police with any information regarding the suspect. During the roughly 30-second video, the stocky suspect is seen wearing a dark-colored hoodie, blue winter hat, sunglasses and white handkerchief over his mouth. He is heard repeatedly demanding money from the clerk.
“Hurry up, give me all of it,” the suspect is heard saying before running off.
Siemasko said the suspect didn’t claim to have a weapon but added the clerk did the right thing when handing over cash to the suspect.
“Always,” Siemasko said, referring to not confronting a robbery suspect.
The Storey Avenue Mobil on the Run has been a frequent target by robbers. In April, two Seabrook men allegedly robbed the station, one of the men holding a syringe. They were captured by police within weeks. In 2010, a man armed with a screwdriver made off with an unknown amount of cash after robbing the same store.
Anyone with information regarding Friday’s robbery in Newburyport is asked to call local police at 978-462-4411. Seabrook police are also looking for information regarding their robbery. People are encouraged to call Seabrook police officer Frank Brown or Detective Daniel Lawrence at 603-474-5200.