By Katie Lovett
---- — NEWBURYPORT — Police are investigating whether a break-in at Michael’s Harborside on Tuesday morning is related to the robbery of a Mobil on the Run gas station last week.
According to Newburyport police Lt. Richard Siemasko, two suspects — a man and a woman — broke into the popular waterfront restaurant but fled 15 minutes later after setting off the alarm.
Siemasko said video surveillance shows the suspects entering the restaurant at 4:45 a.m. At 5 a.m., they tripped the alarm, he said, and fled.
“It doesn’t look like they got anything,” he said. The suspects entered through a small window on the roof, Siemasko said.
The video, which was released on the police department’s Facebook page, shows a white female, who is wearing a baseball cap, glasses and a light-colored jacket. She has her hair tied into a ponytail.
“We’re hoping someone recognizes the girl,” Siemasko said. “I’m hoping someone recognizes her by the way she moves, and someone knows this person.”
The break-in occurred just a few days after an unarmed robbery at the Mobil on the Run on Storey Avenue last Friday night.
Police continue to investigate whether that incident is related to the recent robbery of a Seabrook pet store, or to a similar robbery that happened in Haverhill.
“We’re looking to see if it’s possible that it’s associated with the robbery at the Mobil, or any of the incidents in Haverhill and Seabrook,” Siemasko said. “There’s a possibility that they’re connected, but we’re not sure. It’s part of the investigative process.”
According to local police, on Friday night, a white male walked into the Mobil station, located near the northbound ramp to Interstate 95, around 8 p.m. and repeatedly demanded money from a clerk. After receiving an undisclosed amount of cash, the suspect fled on foot.
Last Wednesday, a male suspect walked into Pet City, located at 185 Lafayette Road in Seabrook, and attempted to remove the store’s cash register. When he was confronted by the startled clerk, the suspect demanded money and claimed to have a knife. When the clerk refused, an altercation broke out before the suspect fled on foot to a car parked in an adjacent parking lot. The car then drove southbound on Lafayette Road.