Manchester Crime Watch: Tuesday robbers match Saturday robbers’ descriptionSTAFF REPORT
August 19. 2014 8:48PM
MANCHESTER — Police are trying to determine if the two men who robbed the Shell Gas Station, 245 Eddy Road, shortly after 1 a.m. Tuesday were the same pair who robbed the Crosstown Variety Store, 270 Amory St., late Saturday night.
The clerk at Shell described the robbers as white males, between 5-foot-7 and 5-foot-9, with the heavier of the two men holding a gun in his left hand. Both men wore ski masks, so no clear facial description was possible.
But the Saturday night descriptions said the robber with a gun in his left hand had a ski mask with holes for the nose and mouth, while the second robber’s mask had only a slit for the eyes.
Police said the difference in the description of the robberies is that both men were holding guns at Crosstown Variety, but only one man held a gun at the Shell Gas Station Tuesday morning.
Manchester Police were alerted Friday by postal inspectors about a suspicious package and a Manchester Police K-9 indicated it contained drugs. So Special Enforcement Division commander Shawn Fournier coordinated a controlled delivery of the package to the intended recipient, Celso Nunez Baez, 33, at 411 Front St.
After Nunez Baez signed for the package, detectives spoke with him and he consented to a search of the package, which police said contained 16 pounds of marijuana. Detectives located another 9.8 pounds of marijuana and a small handgun during a search of the residence.
As luck would have it, while detectives were at Nunez Baez’ residence Friday, FedEx delivered a package, with similar markings, and a Police K-9 gave a positive alert for drugs.
But this time, Nunez Baez refused to consent to a search of the package, so detectives had to apply for a search warrant. When they obtained the warrant and searched the FedEx package Monday, they found an additional 17 pounds of marijuana. In total, police seized almost 43 pounds of marijuana, a handgun and an undisclosed amount of cash.
Police said the drug level will be handled at the state level, with the U.S. Postal Service. Nunez Baez was charged with felony possession of a controlled drug with intent to distribute.
Bail was set at $10,000 cash/surety and a probable cause hearing was set for Aug. 28, when a judge will determine if there is sufficient evidence to send the case to the Hillsborough County North Grand Jury for possible indictment.