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Police seek man who used bat in armed robberies in Bow, Goffstown, Manchester

Three police departments are investigating a string of armed robberies that occurred over the past two days and could be connected.

Since the early hours of Wednesday morning, the police from Bow, Goffstown and Manchester have responded to convenience stores or gas stations where a man used a small bat to threaten the clerk and demand money from the register.

Capt. Rob Brown of Goffstown, who said he has viewed video footage of the incidents from his town and Bow, did see a pattern in both the suspect and the crime.

“It would appear that they are very, very similar,” Brown said. “To say they are the same person, we could not because their face is covered.”

But descriptions of the suspect’s clothing and physical appearance in each case line up across the incidents. The police are looking for a male suspect about 6 feet tall and of slender build who was wearing dark clothes and a dark covering on his face.

The most recent robbery occurred Wednesday night in Bow about 11:50, when a male wearing a ski mask, a hooded sweatshirt and gloves brandished a small baseball bat toward a clerk in the All Town convenience store on Route 3A.

The man fled on foot with about $200 cash. Bow police Chief Erin Commerford said no customers were in the store at the time, and the only employee present – the clerk at the register – was not harmed.

Earlier that same night, the Goffstown police responded to an attempted robbery about 10:15 at the A1 gas station on Mast Road. Brown said the suspect also threatened the lone clerk with a small bat, but he fled on foot when that employee refused him money from the register.

And at 1:30 a.m. Wednesday, the Manchester police received a report of a robber armed with a bat who had just taken money from the Shell station on Hanover Street. According to a department press release, that suspect was also described as a 6-foot-tall man with a thin build and wearing dark clothing. The Manchester police also said the man was white and between the ages of 25 and 30.

Anyone with information about these crimes is encouraged to contact the Bow, Goffstown or Manchester police.

“We know that the information gets shared between three agencies for any leads that may come about, anything that we may find out that other agencies don’t know and vice versa,” Brown said. “It’s more communities that are able to put information out through the media in hopes of capturing somebody that might be responsible.”

(Megan Doyle can be reached at 369-3321 or mdoyle@cmonitor.com or on Twitter @megan_e_doyle.)

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