Aug. 05--ROCHESTER -- Police say they continue to investigate the two robberies that happened this weekend at Title Loan and Cumberland Farms.
The suspects in both robberies remain at large.
Police Capt. Gary Boudreau said that although this summer has seen an unusually high number of robberies in the city, the robbery rates for the year as a whole show a different picture. He said that at the end of June, Rochester had fewer robberies to date as the year before, though Boudreau said the updated crime statistics for the month of July are not yet available.
Early Sunday morning, a male clerk working alone at Cumberland Farms on Highland Street was robbed at knifepoint, after a suspect approached him and demanded money from the register. A K9 unit tracked the suspect about a third of a mile away from the store, where it is believed he got into a vehicle.
The same store was robbed at knifepoint on Sunday, July 27.
Sunday's suspect appears to be similar to the suspect descriptions in other recent armed robberies, including the July 6 robbery at the Shell station on Milton road and the July 20 robbery at Irving Circle K on Gonic Road, police say.
The suspect in these robberies is described as being a white male, having a thin build, being about 5 feet 5 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall. height.
This past Friday, another robbery occurred at Title Cash on Wakefield Street, where a white male entered the store with his face covered and demanded money from the register. He did not show a weapon, and he was last seen running toward railroad tracks at the end of Orchard Street.
According to Boudreau, it appears the suspects from the Friday's and Sunday's robberies are different people. He noted that the robberies involved different types of businesses, and the descriptions of the suspects are different.
The suspect in Friday's robbery is described as being about 5 feet 8 inches in height, with a thin build, tan skin, and blue eyes.
Anyone with information about the robberies is encouraged to call the Rochester police at 3303-7127 or the Rochester Crimeline at 335-6500. All calls to the Rochester Crimeline will remain anonymous, and rewards are given for information that leads to an arrest. Those with information may also send a text message to CRIMES (274637) and in the body of the text write: TEXT4CASH followed by the tip.
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