May 18, 2015 12:18 PM
Police: Manchester man robs 3 convenience stores in 2 hours
MANCHESTER - Police say a city man robbed three convenience stores within two hours on Wednesday.
Thomas Cashman, 32, is charged with three counts of attempted robbery and being a felon in possession of a deadly weapon.
The first robbery with was allegedly of TN Convenience on 90 Bridge St., at 12:30 a.m. Cashman allegedly entered the store and placed groceries on the counter, but refused to pay for them. The store clerk reported to police that Cashman was reaching to the back of his waistband as if to suggest he had a weapon. The clerk allowed Cashman to leave with the groceries, and then called the Manchester Police.
An hour later at 1:20 a.m., the clerk of the 7-Eleven on Queen City Avenue told police that Cashman entered the store and demanded two cartons of cigarettes. The clerk said Cashman wanted five packs of Camel Blues, and money from the cash register. Cashman allegedly told the clerk not to worry because he was an off-duty police officer and then fled with the cigarettes and money.
Manchester Policer later noticed a customer who matched the description of the suspect inside the Shell station on 1932 South Willow St.
Inside the Shell station, Cashman allegedly told the store clerk to hand over the money in the cash register while he displayed what appeared to be the black handle to a handgun. The clerk said he was unsure about calling the police because Cashman claimed to be a Shell employee who was sent to "test" him. Police say Cashman had a 10-inch Bowie knife, but no handgun when he was arrested.
Cashman was arraigned in the 9th Circuit Court Manchester on Wednesday. He was held on $10,000 bail. He is scheduled for a probable cause hearing on May 28.