Police investigate convenience store robberies
STAFF REPORT | January 06,2013
Rutland City Police are investigating a robbery and an attempted robbery at two convenience stores Friday night, possibly involving the same suspect.
In both cases, police said, the man did not show a weapon but “had his hand in his pocket like he had one.”
Police first received a call at 9:15 p.m. from employees at the Jiffy Mart at 98 State St., police Sgt. Steven Schutt said Saturday.
An employee reported a man who appeared “suspicious” looking around the area before approaching the store. Police were later told the man — who was white and wearing a black jacket, blue jeans and a white baseball cap — had tried to rob the store but left without getting any money.
Schutt said the man also pulled a red bag, described as the kind of bag that might be used to hold produce, over his head to conceal his identity.
Jiffy Mart workers told police the man got into a “dark-colored, sporty-looking car with white plates” and a spoiler on the trunk, and drove north on Pine Street.
About 25 minutes later, police received a call from Mac’s Market at 145 North Main St.
Store employees told police a man had just robbed the store, taking an undisclosed amount of cash from the register before leaving on foot. The man was last seen going south, on foot, on North Main Street.
Mac’s employees said the man had a blue bandana covering his face and was wearing a blue baseball cap, a black sweatshirt with a hood, a blue “polo” shirt over a white T-shirt and baggy pants.
As in the earlier incident, Schutt said, the man did not display a weapon but put his hand in his pocket as if he held one.
Police said the descriptions of both men were similar. The man involved in the Mac’s robbery was described as a white male, 6 feet tall, about 200 pounds, with large blue eyes.
No further details were available Saturday.
Anyone with information about either incident is asked to call Rutland City Police at 773-1816.