AUBURN (CBS) – Police in Auburn are looking for the public’s help in finding the man responsible for several robberies in Central and Western Massachusetts.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Lana Jones reports.

A man, described as being 5’9″ to 6’0″ tall, white and unshaven, entered the Honey Dew donuts in Auburn around 5:30 and dropped a note on the counter.

“Something to the effect of, ‘Give me all cash in your drawer and you won’t get hurt,'” said Margaret Ralph, who was working the counter.

WBZ-TV’s Sera Congi reports.

Ralph said at first, she was annoyed. She was even cool-headed enough to talk back.

“I asked him to do me a favor, ‘Look at this camera over here, smile and wave,’ and he didn’t want to do that,” said Ralph, who did eventually fork over the money and wasn’t hurt.

But, the camera caught the suspect anyway while he left the location, and now police are using the video to find him.

They believe he is the same robber to hit three other stores in Auburn dating back to September, including two Dunkin Donuts stores and a Shell gas station.

Even though the robber has not actually shown a weapon Auburn police say he’s considered dangerous.

Investigators are also looking into a connection with robberies in at least three other towns.

“We received information from other surrounding towns that an individual fitting this description had attempted similar crimes in the towns of Oxford, Southbridge and Dudley,” said Det. Sgt. Jeffrey Lourie of the Auburn Police Department.

Anyone with information is asked to call Auburn detectives at 508-832-7738.


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