Robber Douses Hanover Clerk With Lighter Fluid

By Christina Hager, WBZ-TV

HANOVER (CBS) – A 19-year-old convenience store clerk in Hanover is so shaken, she can hardly talk about her experience with a robber who threatened to set her on fire Wednesday night.

It was about 10:15 pm, when the man in a grey hooded sweatshirt walked into Tedeschi on Hanover Street with a yellow bottle of lighter fluid. Surveillance video shows him approach the counter and point it at her.

WBZ-TV’s Christina Hager reports.

“Sprayed it in a side-to-side motion from her shoulders down to her waist on her work apron, and told her, ‘Give me all your money or I’ll light you on fire,'” says Lt. Robert Heywood. He says the robber then pulled a book of matches out of his pocket. “Then he said, ‘If you scream, I’ll light you on fire.'”

Police say the clerk did the right thing when she did not put up a fight. He made off with the money, but left behind a key piece of physical evidence. A police canine tracked down his grey hooded sweatshirt, on the ground about a third of a mile from the store. Detectives turned it over to the state police crime lab for testing.

“We’re concerned just because a copy cat could get the idea and if they lose control, somebody could get hurt,” says Heywood.

The clerk stopped by Tedeschi Thursday night, she says, to make sure her co-workers are OK. “She’s the sweetest. You come in here, she greets you with a smile every time…I feel so bad for her right now,” says customer Debbie Correria.

Police say the robber they’re looking for is about 5’10’, and has one particular trait that could help people identify him. Witnesses said he walked like a duck with a limp. “…like a waddle,” says Heywood.

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  • Reader

    When they find him he should be put away for life he is not just a robber but sadistic

  • JT

    Find the guy, douse him with lighter fluid, and light the match.

    • Bruce

      sounds like a good plan JT

  • Sean

    Roasted duck does sound good

  • GT

    JT – What about this: Find the guy, open his fly, spray in some lighter fluid, and light the match.

  • Wizard

    I just hope the perp is not a BLACK GUY…

  • Denise

    well with all the store clerks striking back and defending themsleves – the crooks are trying to figure out how to get the $$ w/o getting attacked themselves. Can you imagine a “robber” being hurt by someone – oh boo hoo. Unfortunately people are getting desperate these days!

    But I still have an issue w/ the cameras being over these theifs heads… why aren’t they behind the registar at eye level?? there are never any good pictures of these people!

  • GT

    Wizard – Based on the color of his hand on the lighter fluid container, he’s not a black guy.

    Denies – Could it be the cameras are mounted high is becaues the store owner wants to watch the employes and cash?

  • jake metzgar

    throw him in jail 4 ever and throw the key away

  • Denise

    GT – you might have a point after all I know people that work for S&S and all the cameras are on the employees… the store expects a certain amount of stealing and can write that off!

    I still think it would serve anyplace that has cameras to mount one at eye level – after all in most of the robbery pictures that we see – nobody looks up! Or maybe the clerks should be taught to look toward the camera and maybe the theives would follow suit!

  • fernando costa

    We are coming Violence in the streets and shops. It required the government to do something, not to put the citizen at risk.
    I think that the need to place guards and police on the streets. Because the worst is coming. For people without money to run their lives. This will be a big problem for the population.
    So why not prepare for the future of our country. Ie hire more people. To defend the Citizen. (create jobs).
    Because the Government did not employ people in this industry?

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  • Emilyyyy

    Oh my god! I went to school with this kid.. this is messed up

  • Patsy Adair

    Who do you think “the government” is???

    It’s is WE THE PEOPLE!
    Read the Constitution and Bill of Rights!

    guards and police on the streets?
    Free men defend themselves.

    I’m not sure where you’re from, but you don’t think like an American.

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