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Syringe-wielding robber needles Route 495 communities

Posted by Ralph Ranalli March 21, 2007 03:46 PM


Berlin is the latest of three communities along Route 495 to be hit by a robber wielding what is believed to be a blood-filled syringe.

A man wearing a black ski mask and black jacket and brandishing the syringe walked into the Shell gas station on Central Street last Wednesday evening and screamed for money, Police Chief Otto F. Rhode Jr. said. The man grabbed the entire cash register drawer and ran away. A state police K-9 unit tracked his cent to a Rte. 495 on-ramp, where police believe a car was waiting.

Rhode said the robbery may be linked to similar thefts in Marlborough and Hudson last month.

-- Jennifer Rosinski

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