EagleTribune.com, North Andover, MA

January 25, 2014

Suspect in multiple armed robberies sought by police

By Mike LaBella

---- — HAVERHILL — Police in Haverhill are seeking the public’s help in locating a New Hampshire man who is wanted for multiple armed robberies in the city, including Wednesday’s robbery of American Grocery on Main Street.

Police said Matthew Clougherty, 19, should be considered armed and dangerous. His last known address is 36 Elm St., Newmarket, N.H.

Yesterday, Haverhill detectives obtained arrest warrants for Clougherty for armed robberies in Haverhill.

Clougherty weighs 160 pounds and has brown hair and brown eyes. Police said he is known to frequent the Acre section of the city.

About 1:39 p.m. on Wednesday, police were dispatched to American Grocery, 426 Main St., on a report of an armed robbery.

The store clerk told police that a man entered the store and requested a pack of Newport cigarettes, then brandished a knife and demanded money. The clerk gave the man an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police said it appeared the robber left the store with an accomplice in a silver, two-door car.

Police released a store surveillance photo of the robber showing him wearing a light colored winter hat with stripes and tassels and a gray hoodie with “New York” on the front.

Police Detective Lt. Robert Pistone said Clougherty was identified as a result of The Eagle-Tribune’s timely publishing of his photograph, including on social media sites.

“The Haverhill Police Department appreciates the Tribune and its staff in getting the breaking news out so quickly as it is a great help to us getting leads early,” Pistone said.

All suspects are considered innocent until proven guilty, police said.

Anyone with information about Clougherty’s whereabouts is asked to contact Haverhill Police at 978-373-1212. Tipsters can also leave a message on the police anonymous tip line by dialing 978-373-1212 and following the prompts.