Reporting Michael Rosenfield
MANCHESTER, NH (CBS) – A knife-wielding suspect threatened a clerk and a customer at a store in Manchester, New Hampshire.
It happened Thursday night at the Manchester Mart on Hooksett Road.
“At first it almost sounded like a joke but when I saw the knife I knew it wasn’t a joke,” said clerk Bob Hogan, 65.
The suspect was wearing a surgical mask and latex gloves, and his top appeared to be worn inside-out.
“He started screaming,” said Hogan. “I said ‘OK, you want the money, you’ve got it.’”
The suspect demanded the cash be placed in a black plastic bag he had brought with him. He also said he had a gun.
He then turned to a female customer in the store and demanded her money as well, but she told him she had just spent all her cash. He then went back to the counter.
“He says ‘I want the money out of the second register’ and I told him four times we didn’t have a second register in this store,” said Hogan.
The man took off with about $200 but left a piece of evidence a behind: a black hat with gold lettering that said ‘Knob Creek’.
“One of our K-9 teams did conduct a track from the store,” said Manchester Police Lieutenant Maureen Tessier. “They were able to recover a black baseball hat that they do believe was worn in the robbery.”
Manchester Police say another armed robbery occurred earlier in the day at Maverick Gas & Convenience. Investigators say the same man could be responsible. He was also wearing latex gloves and had a black plastic bag. In that incident, the suspect took a swing at the clerk with a hammer when he was confronted outside. The clerk was not hurt.