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Possible robbery link probed

GREENFIELD — Police continue to investigate a possible link between reported armed robberies that occurred in two Greenfield stores last week.

A clerk at JC’s Market, on Conway Street, told police Friday night that a man entered the store around 6 p.m. and robbed it at gunpoint. The Valley Mart convenience store, on Mill Street, reported an armed robbery Tuesday night.

In both cases, the subject was described as a young white male who wore a dark hooded sweatshirt and a white fabric covering part of his face. Police did not disclose how much money was taken from either store.

The two incidents “appear to be similar in nature,” said Greenfield Detective Lt. Daniel McCarthy on Saturday. Police are reviewing video surveillance footage from both stores, he said.

A woman who answered the phone at JC’s Market Saturday said that no one from the store was available to comment on the reported robbery.

Armed robberies in 2013

Gunpoint robberies had been relatively uncommon in Franklin County in recent years, but there have been several in 2013.

In January, the Notch Restaurant in Northfield said a suspect came in one evening, waved his gun and demanded money.

Three bank robberies occurred in the spring, with a masked man pointing a pistol at tellers in two successive robberies of the TD Bank branch on Main Street and one of the Greenfield Cooperative Bank on Federal Street.

A May robbery of the Calls Corner convenience store involved the threat of a gun, partially shown in a pocket.

Under state law, the use of a gun or a mask in the commission of a robbery carries a mandatory minimum five-year sentence on first offense.

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