NASHUA — The armed robbery of a convenience store on Wednesday night doesn’t appear to be connected to a recent string of robberies in the city, but the possibility can’t be ruled out, a Nashua police spokesman said.
In Wednesday’s robbery, a man entered the Harbor Mart at 42 Harbor Ave. and displayed a silver 4- to 5-inch knife and robbed the store of an undetermined amount of cash. He then fled the store and got into a small, late-model car driven by a female. They were last seen heading south on Marshall Street, police said.
After the call was reported to police at 7:38 p.m., more than a dozen detectives and officers descended on the small convenience store and combed the area for the suspect. Police said they were looking for a man in track pants and a hooded sweatshirt. Police cordoned off the store with crime-scene tape and detectives could be seen gathering evidence. A police dog assisted in the search. No injuries were reported.
Detectives don’t believe this robbery is connected to other recent robberies because it involved the use of a knife and a gun was used in all the others, Lt. Denis Linehan said.
“We are looking at the latest robbery as an isolated situation, but we won’t be able to know until further investigation,” Linehan said.
There have been a number of armed robberies in the city in the past several weeks. Last year’s total of 28 armed robberies has already been surpassed, Linehan said.
And so far in September, along with Wednesday night’s robbery of the Harbor Mart, armed robberies have been reported at: the Motel 6, 77 Spitbrook Road; a Dunkin’ Donuts, 119 Hollis Street; and Jeannotte’s Market, 2 Courtland St.
Linehan didn’t reveal how much money was taken in the robberies. He also declined to comment on whether any threats were made during the robberies.
Detectives continue to investigate the Harbor Mart robbery, adding that the surveillance footage is poor. They are working on improving the picture quality and attempting to send out the best possible photos, Linehan said.