By Ken MacLeod

LYNN (CBS) – Convenience store owners in Lynn are being warned after a surge of robberies. Police say the suspects are armed with guns.

Surveillance video shows the crooks don’t seem to be in any hurry as they survey the store from the parking lot and wander off. But there’s more urgency when they burst into the “Shop Kwik” minutes later with the guy in the striped hoodie waving a silver pistol and barking orders.

“I just thought it was a prank or something else,” said clerk Harish Reddy Yella.

lynn Convenience Store Owners Warned After Surge Of Robberies

Armed robbers enter Lynn convenience store (WBZ-TV)

Harish did surrender the cash drawer to the robber in the blue hooded jacket, but as the armed bandits make their exit, Harish decides to give chase calling their bluff on the gun he thinks is a fake.

“He didn’t think the gun was real and he did go after the suspect outside the store,” said Lynn Police Lt. Mike Kmiec.

There is a brief scuffle, but the gunman’s shot misses Harish.

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Armed robbers enter Lynn convenience store (WBZ-TV)

“I’m trying to take down him but when he shot on the ground then I realized that’s a real weapon that’s not a dummy gun,” Harish said.

Detectives told employees that this robbing crew may be responsible for 16 holdups in the last several weeks, not just in Lynn, but also in Chelsea and East Boston.

Lynn Police also have another masked bandit on the loose who’s hit six times since Christmas on the other side of town.

“At this point we do think it’s a public safety issue,” Lt. Kmiec said.

And with that in mind, Lynn Police have urged all shopkeepers to make sure their security cameras are working and to call 911 immediately after a holdup not precious minutes later.

But most of all, police are warning clerks not to confront armed robbers, no matter how fake they think their weapon looks.

Comments (2)
  1. THE PD LOST THEIR WAY IN MASSACHUSETTS,

    THE STATE WHERE WEAPON THUGS ARE LIKELY NOT TO BE CONFRONTED BY THE ARMED VICTIM….

    THUGS WERE INVITED TO MASS BY THOSE THAT HAVE LOST THE REAL REASON FOR PD…..AS THE ARMED THUG POINT HIS WEAPON, THE 2ND AMEND CLERK WOULD RETURN INSTANT JUSTICE FIRED AT THE ARMED THUG….FASTER THAN 911, THE 38′ SPITS OUT INSTANT JUSTICE FROM WHICH THERE IS NO APPEAL

    LIKE NH VT MAINE STATES THAT REQUITE NO LTC STICK UPS ARE DOWN….TIME FOR THE COPS TO FOLLOW THE LAW RE AMENDMENT 2ND…..AND ARMED ROBBERIES WILL FADE LIKE A BAD SNEEZE…..AND LAW AND ORDER WOULD RETURN!

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