Clerk Foils Dunkin' Donuts Robbery by Calling Thief's Bluff

Police say the suspect fled, then evaded the tracking efforts of a canine unit.

The actions of a not-entirely-convinced Dunkin' Donuts clerk foiled an attempted robbery at the 175 Broad Street location Monday evening.

According to a release sent by New London police, a masked man walked into the popular coffeeshop at 6:35 p.m. and handed the clerk a note saying he had a gun and that "this was a robbery."

The clerk, who was not identified by police, demanded to see the gun, and the suspect turned and fled from the store toward Williams Street. A police canine unit was summoned to track the suspect but lost his scent in the area of Granite and Williams streets. According to the release, "several items of evidence were recovered" during the canine search, including the note the would-be thief gave to the clerk.

Police said the suspect is a tall, white male with a thin build wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt underneath a green waist-length jacket, dark jeans and black shoes. 

Anyone with information on this incident can call the New London Police Detective Division at 860-447-1481.

Spencer January 01, 2013 at 03:02 AM
And the last nomination for the 2012 DARWINS AWARD goes toooooo "a tall, white male with a thin build wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt underneath a green waist-length jacket, dark jeans and black shoes."
james michael joseph dennis battista January 01, 2013 at 07:40 AM
this is crazy it can be anyone
Bud Wizer January 01, 2013 at 01:35 PM
The profile fits that of addiction, probably the most twisted and demented of them all, either crack, meth, Oxy, or heroin. Very dangerous state of mind, that of a die-hard addict dying for a fix. It would seem doubtful that a huge corporation like Dunkin' Donuts would encourage its hourly employees or management to stand their ground in the face of threatened violence with a deadly weapon over what surely must be chump change to the CEO. The typical first public reactions might be that of salutations for bravery, but had the thief lept over the counter and slain the clerk, it seems fair to say that the cash taken would not have added up to something worth dying for. Will Dunkin' Donuts inform us of its policy for employees confronted with weapons and threatened bodily harm, or will it let this story ride as the kind of publicity that money can't buy? Fast-food clerks standing their grounds over the relatively insignificant cash in a register seems not something we ought encourage. This is not to say the clerk's decision isn't worthy of note; It is to say his/her boss ought follow up by saying: You don't need to do that, so please don't do that again. What's next, Dunkin' Donut handguns painted in the company colors to be stashed under the counter for citizen/employee arrests?.
Daniella Ruiz February 27, 2013 at 05:37 PM
had this been Home Depot, the clerk would be immediately dismissed for showing any sort of fortitude, apprehension tendencies or god forbid, REFUSAL TO SUBMIT TO ROBBERY! don't these people behind the counter know its in the best interest of society to HAND OVER THE CASH, GOODS, and even help them out the door with it as they depart!


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