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Concord police investigate armed robberies on back-to-back days

  • The 7-Eleven store on Loudon Road in Concord was closed with police tape surrounding the entire parking lot Monday, May 29, 2017. Police said they are seeking a suspect in a robbery reported at the 7-Eleven on Monday and at a Family Dollar store the day before. GEOFF FORESTER—Monitor staff

  • Concord police are seeking a man, described as being in his mid-20s, about 5 feet 5 inches tall to 5 feet 8 inches tall with dark hair and blue eyes, in connection with two reported robberies, one at Family Dollar on Fisherville Road on May 28, 2017, and another at 7-Eleven on Loudon Road on May 29, 2017. —Courtesy

  • Concord police are seeking a man, described as being in his mid-20s, about 5 feet 5 inches tall to 5 feet 8 inches tall with dark hair and blue eyes, in connection with two reported robberies, one at Family Dollar on Fisherville Road on May 28, 2017, and another at 7-Eleven on Loudon Road on May 29, 2017. —Courtesy

  • Concord police are seeking a man, described as being in his mid-20s, about 5 feet 5 inches tall to 5 feet 8 inches tall with dark hair and blue eyes, in connection with two reported robberies, one at Family Dollar on Fisherville Road on May 28, 2017, and another at 7-Eleven on Loudon Road on May 29, 2017. —Courtesy



Monitor staff
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Concord police are looking for a man they say committed two armed robberies in the city on back-to-back days over Memorial Day weekend.

In both cases, police say the man passed a note to store employees, telling them he was armed and demanding that they empty cash registers.

The first robbery was reported Sunday about 2:25 p.m. at the Family Dollar at 108 Fisherville Road. Witnesses told police they saw a white man arrive at the store on a dark-colored mountain bike, which he also used to flee the scene.

According to police, an undisclosed amount of cash was taken from the Family Dollar, and no one was injured in the incident. Police said they are analyzing evidence taken from the store.

The second robbery was reported Monday about 3:20 p.m. at the 7-Eleven at 125 Loudon Road. In that incident, the man made a motion toward his waist indicating he may be armed, after he passed a note to the cashier, police said. The man fled the store on foot, heading west on Loudon Road, according to witnesses. There were no reported injuries.

Concord police were assisted at the Loudon Road scene by New Hampshire State Police and a police dog, who was ultimately unable to locate the suspect. Late Monday, yellow police tape surrounded the store, which was closed for a time so police could gather evidence and interview witnesses.

Police describe the suspect as being in his mid-20s, about 5 feet 5 inches tall to 5 feet 8 inches tall with dark hair and blue eyes. Images of the man were captured on video surveillance footage taken at the 7-Eleven on Monday. Police released those images Tuesday morning as they continued their investigation.

Tuesday evening, Concord police Lt. Sean Ford said the department had received tips as a result of the photos and information released earlier in the day.

Last year, Concord police investigated 18 robberies in the capital city, according to crime statistics available on the department’s website. A total of 19 robberies were reported in 2013 and 2015. In 2014, police investigated the fewest robbery cases, at 14.

Ford said the majority of those reports were of store robberies and not street or home robberies, which occur less frequently. He said the latter examples may be reported as robberies but later charged as thefts or burglaries.

“Store robberies for us seem to go in spurts. It seems like we won’t have any for a little bit and then we might have a month when we have three or four,” Ford said. “Usually, in our experience, it’s drug-driven with the heroin crisis and the methamphetamine we have in town.”

Police are asking anyone with information about either armed robbery to contact Lt. Sean Ford or Sgt. Robert Buelte at 225-8600 or the Concord Regional Crimeline at 226-3100, where tips can be given anonymously.