EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA


May 24, 2013

Haverhill PD hope for public's help

HAVERHILL — Police said they were able to solve a recent robbery of the Pentucket Bank after they released bank surveillance photos of the suspect. They say they’ve had good success with catching other suspects as well after their images were published, prompting phone calls to police by people who were able to identify them.

Now police are asking for the public’s help again.

Investigators are looking to solve an armed robbery of the Bradford Liquors at 91 South Main St. that took place Wednesday night and have released a store surveillance image of a suspect. Police said the man wore a mask and showed a store clerk a black handgun. The masked man got away with an undisclosed amount of cash from the register, police said.

Anyone with information should contact Detective Meaghan Buckley at Haverhill Police Department at 978-373-1212.

Police spokesman Detective Lt. Robert Pistone said the robbery was reported at 9:31 p.m. A female clerk told police a white male who wore a mask to hide his face walked into the store brandishing a black handgun, then demanded cash from the register. The suspect is described as approximately 6-feet tall, husky build, and that he wore a black mask, black hat and grey hooded sweatshirt with the hood pulled up. He was also wearing blue jeans and black shoes.

Pistone said an alert was issued and a search of the area was conducted, but a suspect was not located. He said the store provided investigators with a surveillance image of the suspect.

“Having surveillance images published has been has been a tremendous help in solving crimes,” Pistone said. “Having these images posted online and in print gives us the ability to reach a very large audience, and very quickly, and has resulted in the apprehension of suspects.”

After an armed robbery of a CVS in late September, police arrested a man whose photo from a store video appeared in The Eagle-Tribune. A reader identified the man and police arrested him at his home.

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