Cos Pit Stop robbed at gunpoint


April 14, 2011
NORTHUMBERLAND — A gun-wielding male entered the Cos Pit Stop convenience store at about 7:55 p.m. on Sunday and ordered the female clerk to empty the contents of the cash register into a plastic bag, then exited the store and slipped away in the darkness on foot.

The suspect is described in a police press release as a white male, approximately 5'10" tall and weighing 200 pounds. He was wearing a dark-colored sweat shirt, light-colored jeans, blue and white gloves and a dark-colored hat.

The clerk, who was toward the back of the store and preparing for closing at 9 p.m., was ordered behind the counter by the robber, who then went to the front of the counter and told the clerk to place the contents of the cash register in a plastic bag he provided. The clerk complied and the robber immediately left. The clerk, somewhat unnerved, dialed store manager Ricky Theberge, who then dialed 911, then headed to the store from his home in Stratford. When Theberge and his wife arrived on scene, police were already investigating.

Theberge, who is co-owner of the store with his brother Michael, characterized the amount of money taken as "not significant" but said the fact that a firearm was used was disturbing. The whole incident was over in about 20 seconds, and was captured on video, both inside and outside the store.

Assisting the Northumberland Police Department were members of the Lancaster Police Department, N.H. State Police, N.H. Fish and Game, and the Essex County Sheriff's Department. The incident remains under investigation and anyone with possible information that will lead to the identity of anyone involved is asked to contact the Northumberland Police Department at (603) 636-1430.

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