Police seek armed robbery suspect

  • Stop N Save Neighborhood Store on South Main Street in Orange, as seen Friday, Jan. 19, 2018. Recorder Staff/Andy Castillo—

Recorder Staff
Friday, January 19, 2018

ORANGE — Police are searching for a young man who brandished a knife at the Stop N Save Neighborhood Store on South Main Street Thursday, escaping with cash and two packs of Marlboro cigarettes.

The robbery happened around 1:30 p.m. Hours later, Brenda Anderson, administrative assistant at the Orange Police Department, said the incident was “still under investigation,” and “there’s no danger to the public at this time.”

An attendant working behind the counter when the robbery happened, Casey Patterson, said the robber (described as a white male in his 20s) waited until everyone had left before entering the store with a knife and demanding money.

“He went to leave, came back, and said ‘give me two packs of Marlboros,’” Patterson said, still shaken about 30 minutes later.

Shortly after the crime, two cruisers could be seen idling outside by the store’s gas pumps. Police said the robber, who was wearing a red jacket, fled the scene in a car. Stop N Save has video cameras throughout the store that were running when the robbery happened.

Anderson noted police “are looking into the possibility” that the Stop N Save Neighborhood Store robbery was connected to an earlier and separate car break-in Friday at Market Basket’s parking lot.