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Gunman robs Manchester market

MANCHESTER - A West Side market was held up by a masked gunman Wednesday night, the second time the store was robbed in about a month.About 9:20 p.m. Wednesday, a man walked into U.S. Market and Grocery, 18 Rockland Ave., pointed a black and silver handgun at the clerk and demanded money from the register, the clerk told police.The man ran out of the store once the clerk handed him some cash. He was last seen running east on Varney Street.The robber is described as a thin white man about 5-foot-8 to 5-foot-9. He was wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt, black pants, black shoes and black gloves. He also wore black glasses and had a black bandanna over his face.On Aug. 16 at 8:45 p.m. the store was robbed by a man who said he had a gun, although none was shown.The man entered the store and demanded cash from the register He pushed the clerk toward the register, demanding he open it. Once he had some cash, he ran out of the store and was last seen getting into a light-colored van or sport-utility vehicle.He is described as a white man in his late 30s, about 6-feet tall with a medium build. He wore a winter hat with stripes around it, a short-sleeve blue shirt with multiple horizontal stripes, dark jeans and black and white shoes.Anyone with information about the robberies is asked to call police at 668-8711 or Manchester Crimeline at 624-4040 or online at

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