EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

July 23, 2013

Gas station attendant robbed at knifepoint

By Mike LaBella

---- — HAVERHILL — Police are asking the public for help in identifying a suspect who robbed a gas station attendant at knifepoint and two other suspects who stole a tip jar from a Chinese restaurant just north of downtown. The incidents did not appear to be related, police said.

On Sunday at 9:36 p.m. an attendant at the Mobil Gas, 767 Main St., reported to police that he had been robbed by a man who had walked into the building holding a knife and demanded money. The attendant described the suspect as approximately 5-foot, 5-inches with a stocky build and weighing about 170 pounds. The attendant told police the man was wearing a hoodie with the letter “A” on its front and that he wore sunglasses. The attendant said he gave the man an undetermined amount of cash and the man ran off.

Police Deputy Chief Donald Thompson said Haverhill officers with the assistance of state police who were in the area at the time searched the area for a suspect but did not find anyone.

In another incident, Peking Garden Chinese Restaurant at 159 Winter St. reported on Sunday at 10:06 p.m. that two men walked into the restaurant, grabbed the tip jar that was on the counter and ran out with it. Employees told police that one of the men was carrying a blue backpack and the other was wearing a tank top. No other details were provided.

“They said it happened pretty fast and that the suspects ran in and ran out,” Thompson said, noting the tip jar contained a small amount of cash.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Sean Scharneck at 978-373-1212, ext. 1538. You can also leave a message on the police anonymous tip line by dialing 978-373-1212 and following the prompts.