SalemNews.com, Salem, MA

November 28, 2012

Beverly police seek suspect in gas station robbery

By Neil H. Dempsey
Staff Writer

---- — BEVERLY — No arrests have been made in connection to the Monday night robbery of the Sunoco gas station on Brimbal Avenue, but police say they may have a suspect.

Officers converged on that location after a clerk reported the robbery at 9:45 p.m. Officer Dave Costa said in an email that the incident began when an unknown man walked up to the counter of the store and told the clerk, “I’m going to rob you.”

“The clerk hesitated and did not react to the comment immediately, as the suspect walked around to the other side of the counter,” Costa said. “As he walked, he again stated his intent to rob the store and also stated that he had a gun, though no gun was shown.”

The suspect — described as a white man, 6 feet tall and weighing 240 pounds, with “untidy,” short brown hair — told the clerk to open the cash register and lottery drawers. When she complied, he grabbed the cash, said he had a gun again and fled on foot down Brimbal Avenue, Costa said.

“There were two other employees in the back of the store at this time, and one took notice of what was happening as the suspect started to leave the store,” Costa said.

Police scoured the area but couldn’t find the man, who at the time of robbery was reportedly wearing a white winter jacket with red sleeves, a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans, and a pair of black and white sneakers.

Costa said the incident is still being investigated but that “we do believe we have identified the suspect.”

No injuries were reported.