MANSFIELD (CBS) – Police in Mansfield are searching for a man who robbed a Cumberland Farms clerk at gunpoint while wearing a rabbit mask. The robbery happened just after midnight on Chauncy Street. The suspect fled the area on foot.

Police say “torrential downpours hampered the efforts” of officers to search for the suspect.

“Crazy. It’s usually a lot of people up here,” said customer Michael Harris. “Usually cops in the parking lot. I’m surprised it happened.”

The suspect is described as a short black male approximately 5’6” tall wearing a black sweatshirt and mask. “The mask worn was the head caricature of a rabbit,” Mansfield Police said.

Armed robber wearing bunny mask at Mansfield Cumberland Farms (Image credit Mansfield PD)

The suspect may have scarring or discoloration on his hands.

“Never seen anything sketchy like that happen so that was shocking to hear that,” a woman said.

The crime has similarities to other robberies in the area. Early Monday morning, a clerk was shot during a robbery attempt at a gas station in Attleboro. The suspect is a man around 5’6” wearing a monkey mask.

Robbery suspect wearing monkey mask at Providence gas station (WBZ-TV)

Twenty four hours before that in Providence, a gas station clerk was robbed at gunpoint by a suspect believed to be a woman in a monkey mask.

Police have not said if they believe the three robberies are connected.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Mansfield Police at 508-261-7300.