Lone man wields knife, demands cash
BY ANGELO LYNN
PITTSFORD — In the latest in a string of three area armed robberies, state police are investigating an armed robbery on Aug. 1 at 5:18 a.m., in which a lone man entered the Maplefield’s convenience store and gas station at the intersection of Route 7 and Route 3 in Pittsford, selected a soda and went up to the register. He then took out a knife and demanded the clerk hand him money from the cash register.
State police reported two similar incidents in Fair Haven and Wallingford.
In each case, a lone man entered the store, selected an item then went to the counter, showed a knife one report said was 5-6 inches long, then demanded the clerk give him the money from the cash register. In each case, clerks gave the man the money and he left the scene without causing any harm to others.
In Pittsford, state police reported the man was wearing an orange T-shirt, light colored cargo shorts, camouflage hat, blue neck gaiter/mask, and black shoes with white soles. He fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash, the soda, and three packets of cigarettes.
In Wallingford, the incident occurred Sunday, Aug. 1 at 11:30 p.m. at the Cumberland Farms convenience store on Main Street.
The man was reportedly wearing a black T-shirt, light colored cargo shorts, dark colored baseball hat with gold/yellow brim, light blue / bandana styled mask, and black shoes with white soles. He fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash, the soda, and two packets of cigarettes.
In Fair Haven, the armed robbery occurred on Wednesday afternoon at 2:44 p.m. on July 28. The man was reported wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt, light-colored jeans with rips in the legs, and a flat-brimmed, dark-colored baseball cap.
He fled the store with an undisclosed amount of cash in a green bank bag with a broken zipper.
No one was injured in any of the three incidents.
Police are not yet suggesting the incidents are related, but the similar circumstances make that a possibility.
Anyone with information that may be relevant to these investigations is asked to contact the Vermont State Police in Rutland at 802-773-9101.
Tips also may be submitted anonymously online at http://vsp.vermont.gov/tipsubmit.