EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

December 27, 2013

Liquor store held up Christmas Eve

Clerk struck in head with gun by robber who fled with money, booze and cigarettes

By Shawn Regan
sregan@eagletribune.com

---- — HAVERHILL — Quality Brand Liquors at 185 S. Elm St. got a very unmerry visitor on Christmas Eve.

A clerk at the store was smacked on the head with a handgun by a robber who then emptied the cash register and fled on foot up Bradford Avenue, deputy police Chief Donald Thompson said.

Thompson said the suspect entered the store at 4:40 p.m. dressed in jeans and a black jacket, wearing a ski mask over his face and holding a silver revolver handgun. The deputy said the suspect demanded money from the cash register, but the clerk thought it was a joke.

The suspect, who remains at large, then hit the clerk in the temple with the handgun, Thompson said. The clerk sustained a “bump on the head” but declined medical treatment, Thompson said.

The robber also stole a pack of cigarettes and a bottle of booze, said Thompson, who described the robber as white, about 5 feet, 11 inches tall and weighing 200 pounds.