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Police: Concord Dunkin’ Donuts robbed, employee’s hands and legs bound

The Concord police are searching for two men who reportedly broke into the Dunkin’ Donuts on Fisherville Road early yesterday morning and stole cash after binding an employee’s hands and legs.

Lt. Timothy O’Malley said officers arrived at the business about 3:35 a.m. and found the employee, a woman who had been working alone, in the kitchen with her legs bound. She said the men had ambushed her during a break and forced her onto the ground before prying into the store office and taking an unspecified amount of money. They fled afterward on foot.

Neither suspect brandished a weapon in the exchange, O’Malley said.

Both men are believed to be white and in their 20s. One was described as heavyset and wearing a light-colored sweatshirt, dark pants and a light-colored cloth over his face; the other as thin and wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt, light-colored pants and what appeared to be a red bandanna over his face.

After they left, the woman was able to free her hands and call the police. O’Malley said she was not seriously injured but had been visibly shaken by the episode.

“She was pretty traumatized,” he said.

The alleged robbery is the second in less than a month in the city in which victims were forcibly bound. O’Malley said the police are still actively investigating a home invasion on April 30 involving two white perpetrators. That incident and this one, coming a little more than two weeks later, are not believed to be connected, O’Malley said.

Detectives were able to pull video surveillance from the store that shows the two suspects in yesterday’s robbery, and are asking the public to help them locate the men depicted. The business, at 98 Fisherville Road, neighbors Szechuan Garden and faces a McDonald’s. It doesn’t get much foot traffic at that time of night, so witnessed activity could help, O’Malley said.

Information about the crime or suspects can be reported to the Concord Regional Crimeline at 226-03100, or submitted online at Tips can also be submitted via text to CRIMES (274637) – be sure to include TIP234 in the message. Cash awards go to anyone whose information leads to an arrest and indictment. All tips remain anonymous.

(Jeremy Blackman can be reached at 369-3319, or on Twitter @JBlackmanCM.)

Legacy Comments6

Why does any business that deals in cash or other valuables think it's ok to have just one employee on, especially overnight or early morning?

Payroll, probably costs less in the long run than a few robberies.

Well, not really. Companies are insured and the margin of a convenience store is about 3-4% so it would not be smart to add all of that extrra labor.

Exactly. But DD can afford to do the right thing. If there isn't enough overnight business traffic to support 2 employees, then they should close during those hours.

Well, I wouldn't want my young daughter working alone on the graveyard shift at any D&Ds. It's also hard to believe this particular location is profitable during the wee-wee hours (no interstate hwy nearby). Unseen factors notwithstanding, seems smarter to close it from 10/11pm to 4/5am.

Poor kids must have needed cash to pay some bills, huh?

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