UPDATED: Police search for robber who stole money bags in Portsmouth
PORTSMOUTH – Authorities are on the hunt for a man who wore a ski mask when he allegedly stole money bags from a downtown business and was chased by an employee Monday morning, police said.
The robbery inside the Martingale Wharf building at 99 Bow St. occurred around 9:30 a.m. when the man allegedly entered the offices of McNabb Properties on the fourth floor and stole the bags, police said.
According to Detective Sgt. John Peracchi, an employee ran after the man for a short distance before he got away. Initial police reports indicated that two money bags were taken, but Peracchi did not confirm the number.
Patrol officers and detectives canvassed the area for about an hour as they searched for the suspected robber, who was described as wearing a dark colored ski mark, flannel shirt and jeans.
Authorities issued a ''stop and hold'' for a silver 2011 Dodge Avenger possibly connected to the robbery a short time after the incident, but Peracchi would not confirm the details as the case remains under investigation.
Police said no weapon was shown during the theft and no one was injured.