SALEM, N.H. (CBS) – Police are searching for a man who robbed a tanning salon while armed with a needle.

A woman at Modern Tan on Main Street in Salem told police the suspect came into the store demanding money around 7:30 p.m. Friday.

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“He had displayed a hypodermic needle with the needle showing,” said Salem, N.H. Police Sgt. Justin Bagley.

The employee tried to stop the attempt, but the man pushed her several times and got to the cash register.

During the entire incident, the man was brandishing a hypodermic needle that was filled with an unknown substance. After the man stole money, he ran toward Lawrence Road.

Police say a man armed with a needle robbed a tanning salon in New Hampshire. (Image Credit: Salem Police Department)

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Surveillance video shows the man struggling with the store clerk, who was not hurt, police said.

“She was a little upset about the incident,” Bagley said.

A police K-9 tracked the man’s scent to a nearby parking lot. It appears the suspect had a vehicle waiting and left the area.

Police described the man as about 5 feet 6 inches tall with broad shoulders. He was wearing a black hooded sweatshirt with red writing on the right shoulder, a white baseball hat and Under Armor sweatpants.

Police called the crime a desperate act.

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Anyone who recognizes the man is asked to call police.