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May 2, 2014

Police: Man used butcher knife in liquor store holdup

Ask public's help identifying him

HAVERHILL — Police said a liquor store in Bradford was robbed for the second time this year, and that in both cases it was by men wielding knives.

Police have released store camera surveillance photos of the man in the latest robbery, and are asking the public’s help identifying him.

According to a police report, about 8:40 p.m. Wednesday officer Kevin Lynch was dispatched to Quality Liquor Mart at 185 S. Elm St. on a report of a robbery. The store is near the train trestle near the Bradford side of the Comeau Bridge.

A store clerk told Lynch that a man who is about 5-feet 5-inches tall, with a medium build and wearing a black Celtics jacket with “Boston’’ on the back entered the store, jumped over the counter and pointed a large butcher knife at him.

According to the clerk, the man said, “Give me the money or I will kill you.’’

The man also wore a black hoodie and white T-shirt, baseball cap, light blue jeans and white sneakers, police said.

Police estimated the man to be about 18 years old.

The report said the man took an undisclosed amount of cash from the register then left the store, running in the direction of Bradford Avenue.

Police searched the area, but did not find the man.

Police said Quality Liquor Mart was also robbed on Jan. 21, when a man entered the store at 11:15 a.m. and asked for cigarettes. He then showed a knife and demanded money, and ran from the store with cash, police said. They later charged 19-year-old Matthew Clougherty with the crime.

Anyone with information about this incident is asked to contact police at 978-373-1212. You can also leave a message on the police anonymous tip line by dialing 978-373-1212 and following the prompts.

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