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UPDATE: Police release surveillance photos of late night Penacook robbery

  • A surveillance photo of a late night robbery at Sam's Food Store in Penacook on August 15, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

    A surveillance photo of a late night robbery at Sam's Food Store in Penacook on August 15, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

  • A surveillance photo of a late night robbery at Sam's Food Store in Penacook on August 15, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

    A surveillance photo of a late night robbery at Sam's Food Store in Penacook on August 15, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

  • A surveillance photo of a late night robbery at Sam's Food Store in Penacook on August 15, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

    A surveillance photo of a late night robbery at Sam's Food Store in Penacook on August 15, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

  • A surveillance photo of a late night robbery at Sam's Food Store in Penacook on August 15, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

    A surveillance photo of a late night robbery at Sam's Food Store in Penacook on August 15, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

  • A surveillance photo of a late night robbery at Sam's Food Store in Penacook on August 15, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

    A surveillance photo of a late night robbery at Sam's Food Store in Penacook on August 15, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

  • A surveillance photo of a late night robbery at Sam's Food Store in Penacook on August 15, 2013. (Courtesy photo)
  • A surveillance photo of a late night robbery at Sam's Food Store in Penacook on August 15, 2013. (Courtesy photo)
  • A surveillance photo of a late night robbery at Sam's Food Store in Penacook on August 15, 2013. (Courtesy photo)
  • A surveillance photo of a late night robbery at Sam's Food Store in Penacook on August 15, 2013. (Courtesy photo)
  • A surveillance photo of a late night robbery at Sam's Food Store in Penacook on August 15, 2013. (Courtesy photo)

An employee at Sam’s Food Store in Penacook was robbed at gunpoint last night, according to the police, who say the crime bears resemblance to last week’s armed robbery at the nearby Asian Taste Restaurant.

Concord police Lt. Timothy O’Malley said a man entered Sam’s, located on Village Street, at about 9:35 p.m., displayed a handgun and demanded cash and cigarettes. The man left with an undisclosed amount of money and fled northeast up Summer Street before turning South onto High Street, according to a witness who O’Malley said saw the man run out of the store.

He was described as wearing black clothing, a black mask and gloves, according to the police. Last night a police dog helped search the surrounding area, but the man was not located.

O’Malley said the crime is likely related to the Aug. 8 armed robbery at Asian Taste Restaurant on Village Street. In that incident, a man dressed in all black and wearing gloves entered the restaurant at about 9:28 p.m., displayed a handgun and demanded cash.

“There’s always a possibility it’s someone different. It could be a copycat. It could just be a coincidence,” O’Malley said.

But he added that the crimes happened in the same area at about the exact same time of night. O’Malley said in both cases the robber was wearing all black and described as having broad shoulders.

Anyone with information about these crimes is asked to call the Concord Regional Crimeline at 226-3100.

(Tricia L. Nadolny can be reached at 369-3306 or tnadolny@cmonitor.com or on Twitter at @TriciaNadolny.)

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