Robberies in three area towns just hours apartBy JASON SCHREIBER
Union Leader Correspondent
April 18. 2018 6:42AM
Police in three local towns were on the hunt for robbers Tuesday after two banks and a convenience store were held up just hours apart in what appear to be unrelated crimes.
The first robbery was reported at around 10:20 a.m. at Santander Bank, located at 541 S. Broadway in Salem.
According to Salem police, a note was passed to a teller, but no weapon was displayed and the alleged thief made off with some cash.
By Tuesday afternoon, police had tracked down a suspect at a Salem residence.
David Bates, 34, of Lawrence, Mass., was arrested without incident and charged in the robbery.
Three hours later another robbery was reported — this time at Stage Convenience in Hampstead.
Hampstead police Lt. John Frazier said a man entered the store at 285 Stage Road, asked for a pack of cigarettes, and then began yelling at the cashier to open the register. Once opened, the man allegedly reached into the drawer and snatched an undisclosed amount of cash. No weapon was shown. He allegedly fled on foot behind the store and left in a white Subaru southbound on Route 121.
Police described the robber as a white man, approximately 6 feet tall in his late 20s or early 30s.
Frazier said police are following up on leads provided by the cashier and another employee at the store.
A third hold-up was reported shortly after 3:30 p.m. at the Provident Bank at 321 Lafayette Road in Hampton. Initial reports indicated that the robber had demanded $8,000 before fleeing the bank. He was described as a white man, approximately 5-foot-7, 40 to 50 years old, wearing a blue sweatshirt and gray ball cap. Police said no weapon was used.
Frazier said the Hampstead robbery is not believed to be connected to the ones in Hampton and Salem.