By Eric Blaisdell
BARRE — For the second time in four months, Quality Market in Barre was robbed Sunday night by someone wearing a mask.
According to police, at around 6:50 p.m., shortly before the store closed at 7 p.m., a lone male walked into the store and told the clerk to give him all the money in the cash register. The male then told the clerk to get on the ground as he made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.
The male is described as white with a dark complexion, approximately 5 feet 11 inches tall with a slender build. He was wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt with blue duct tape over his face. The male was seen leaving the scene in a black newer model Chevrolet pickup, according to police.
Pam Trag, who owns the store with her husband, Guy, said Monday she has reason to believe the robber was someone who was in the store earlier that evening. She said video surveillance shows a man wearing the same clothes as the robber, but not wearing a mask, entering the store about half an hour before the robbery.
Trag said the incident was similar to an incident in October where a robber claiming to have a gun reportedly made off with around $1,300 in cash from the store. In October, the robber claimed to have a gun with his hand in his pocket, posturing as if he were holding a gun, and demanded cash. A gun was never seen.
Police say the male in Sunday’s incident also has his hands in his pockets during the robbery, although there was no mention of a gun.
The man involved in the October robbery was wearing an orange jacket and a hat and had his shirt or a scarf pulled over his face. An employee gave the man the money from the register and the large bills underneath the counter and the man ran off.
Police described the man involved in the October robbery as white and 5 feet 8 inches tall. They say he had a pink scarf around his face.
The store has been broken into in the past, including three times in 2012. To curb break-ins, the Trags installed a steel security door on the front of the store and steel mesh on the window of the loading dock door, and they reinforced a door to the basement with steel bars. The incidents in 2012 all involved people breaking in after the store was closed while the two recent incidents involve people robbing the store while it’s still open.
“This is a bit over the top,” she said. “We had the same situation 10 weeks ago. I don’t know what you do at this point.”
Anyone with information is urged to call the Barre City Police Department.
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