• Two more local stores are robbed
    By Eric Blaisdell
     | January 22,2014

    BERLIN — For the third day in a row, police say a robber — at least twice wearing blue tape over his face — struck a store in central Vermont.

    Police say The Medicine Shoppe Pharmacy on South Main Street in Barre was the most recent to be robbed, at around 5:30 p.m. Tuesday. Police would not say at that time whether the robber was armed or what was taken.

    Police communications indicated the man had tape across his face, but that detail also could not be officially confirmed Tuesday evening. No one was hurt, police said.

    The Mobil Short Stop on Route 302 in Berlin was held up Monday night by an armed robber wearing painter’s tape on his face.

    According to police, a male entered that store shortly before 7 p.m. and demanded that the clerk empty the cash register. The man is described as around 5 feet 10 inches to 6 feet tall and of medium build, with dirty blond hair, and wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt.

    Police say he entered and left from the east entrance of the store and was tracked, with the assistance of the Vermont State Police K-9 team, to a parking lot east of the store where police believe he got into a vehicle and fled the area. Police say the man was armed but didn’t describe the weapon.

    The manager of the store, Tim Lecours, said he couldn’t give any information about the robbery out of fear he would compromise the investigation.

    On Sunday, Quality Market in Barre was also robbed by someone wearing blue tape on his face.

    According to police, at around 6:50 p.m. that day, shortly before the market 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 man then told the clerk to get on the ground as he made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

    The suspect in the Sunday robbery 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 tape over his face, and was seen leaving in a black, newer model Chevrolet pickup, according to police.

    According to published reports, police believe the two robberies are connected.

    The two incidents are just the latest in a string of robberies at local stores.

    Pam Trag, who owns the Quality Market with her husband, said the incident Sunday was similar to another in October when 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, posturing with his hand in his pocket as if he were holding a firearm, and demanded cash. A gun was never actually seen.

    Police say the male in Sunday’s incident also had his hands in his pockets during the robbery, although there was no mention of a gun.

    Also, police say a man robbed a CVS store in Berlin of prescription drugs on Jan. 13.

    Police say that around 2:30 p.m. the man entered the CVS on Route 302 and handed the pharmacist a note demanding prescription drugs. Police say he was armed but did not describe the weapon.

    And on Dec. 31, according to police, a man robbed North End Deli Mart in Barre, demanding cash from a clerk and leaving with an undisclosed amount of money.

    The robbery occurred at about 7:40 p.m. at the deli and gas station on North Main Street, police said. The suspect was described as a male, about 5 feet 10 inches tall. He was wearing a gray zip-up sweatshirt with a hood and black pants and had duct tape over his face. According to published reports, the robber indicated to the clerks he had a weapon in his pocket.

    No one was hurt in any of the robberies.

    Staff writer Stefan Hard contributed to this report.

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