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Tilton store owner robbed at gunpoint

The Tilton police are seeking information regarding an armed robbery Thursday afternoon at Ella’s Antiques and Consignments at 261 Main St.

The owner was the only person working when a man walked in just before 5 p.m., pulling a black ski mask down over his face. He drew a gun from his waistband and pointed it at her, demanding the cash in the register, her purse and the night deposit bag, police Chief Robert Cormier said. The man then told her to go in the bathroom and
not to come out. She called the police from the bathroom on her cell phone and remained there until the police arrived. By the time they were there, the suspect had fled with an unknown amount of cash.

Anyone who saw anything suspicious downtown, specifically in the area around Main and School streets between 4:30 and 5 p.m., should contact the police, Cormier said. Suspicious behavior includes anyone running or cars speeding away from the area, he said.

The police believe the suspect stands between 5 feet 9 inches and 6 feet tall and weighs 180 to 200 pounds. He was wearing a dark-colored jacket when he robbed the store. The department has received several calls and is looking through video footage of every store in that area to look for a man who matches that description.

The Tilton police can be reached at 286-4442.

(Kathleen Ronayne can be reached at 369-3309 or or on Twitter @kronayne.)

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