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December 22, 2012

Suspect 'caught by video' faces robbery charges

LAWRENCE — A Nashua, N.H. man who police said was caught by a security video camera robbing a city convenience store clerk in July has returned here to face several felony charges.

Jody Allen Bursell, 43, was being held in the Hillsborough County Jail in Manchester, N.H., on unrelated criminal charges. He recently agreed to waive extradition, according to Lawrence police Chief John Romero.

Bursell is due to be arraigned Monday in Lawrence District Court on armed robbery, assault to commit armed robbery and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

“This guy is back to face these charges because of people who saw the video on The Eagle-Tribune website, recognized him and called the police with their tips,” Romero said in an interview last night.

Police also credited the security camera video of the July 31 robbery of City Mart at 576 Haverhill St. for police to identify an alleged accomplice in the crime who remains in the custody of New Hampshire authorities.

Jered Hayes, 23, the second suspect in the crime, was also being held at the Hillsborough County Jail.

Police say store owner Nazir Shaikh disarmed one of his attackers of a black semi-automatic handgun. Police later determined the weapon to be a BB gun.

The two intruders who overpowered Shaikh left the broken weapon behind, but made off with about $300 to $400 in cash. The video showed a fierce-looking struggle between the store owner and his assailants, but he wasn’t injured in the scuffle.

Shaikh told detectives at the time that he recognized both men as customers who have frequented his store before. After the anonymous tipsters named the suspects, Shaikh positively identified them men who robbed him from photo arrays prepared by Lawrence detectives.

Police identified Burtsell as the suspect seen in the video who leaped over the counter, armed with the black handgun and attacked Shaikh. He was wearing dark glasses and a fisherman’s hat.

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