Courtesy Manchester police department

Jan 27, 2016 1:35 PM

Manchester police seek suspect in attempted then actual theft from 2 Elm Street businesses

MANCHESTER - Police are investigating an attempted robbery followed by a successful theft 10 minutes later on Elm Street Tuesday night that may involve the same suspect.

According to police, the first incident took place at the Subway at 997 Elm around 7:40 p.m. when a man walked into the store and demanded cash from the register. The suspect did not show a weapon but had a hand in his pocket, suggesting he might have a weapon. The clerk, Shannon Peterson, 45, of Derry, refused to give him cash and he left the building.

Ten minutes later, a suspect with a similar description walked into the Rite Aid at 1631 Elm St. and went up to an unmanned cash register, opened it and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police say the suspect in the attempted robbery was described as in his early 20s, roughly 5-foot-8-inches tall, with facial hair on his chin. He was reportedly wearing a grey hooded sweatshirt and a dark-colored baseball hat in the first incident. He was described as wearing a black baseball hat, black sweatshirt, brown pants and black shoes in the second.

Police are investigating to see if the two incidents are related. Police released two surveillance photos in an effort to identify the suspect or suspects. Anyone with information can contact Manchester police at 668-8711.

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