Concord Cops Investigating Robbery, Kidnapping Incident At Gas Station

CONCORD, NH — Concord police spent several hours on Tuesday morning investigating a robbery report at the Gully Hill Shell gas station on Loudon Road.

Around 2:30 a.m., while officers headed to 15 Pitman St. for a domestic incident, one reported speaking with a person who was handcuffed in the area of North Main and Centre streets, reporting they had just been robbed at the gas station.

Officers converged on the area, not knowing if weapons were involved or if the suspect was still inside the store. The first arriving officer reported finding a pillowcase at one of the gas pumps. The suspect was described as wearing a black sweatshirt and a black mask.

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One officer warned another, before touching the handcuffs, to check for any noticeable fingerprints, according to scanner chatter.

Police set up a perimeter around the building, reporting a single vehicle at the scene and a vehicle at the El Rodeo restaurant nearby. A K-9 from Bow was also requested. Officers began searching the area, including behind the Everett Arena and the bus depot, to see if there was anything unusual.

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The K-9 unit was sent into the store, and police confirmed the building was clear at 3:15 a.m.

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The station manager, who lives out of the city, was requested to the store. About 15 minutes later, New Hampshire State Police also brought in their K-9 to track the suspect and launched a drone to check the area. An officer also checked the field area, noting deer in the field.

The K-9 tracked the scent of the suspect parallel to Loudon Road toward Fort Eddy Road.

Around 4:30 a.m., police and the K-9 headed back to the gas station.

At around 5 a.m., after other store employees arrived, an officer eyed video surveillance footage from the store. The suspect was described as a man in a black jacket with a black hat, black pants, and black boots. Another officer stated the suspect appeared to return to the store to grab more items and then dropped items along the way.

At 6:45 a.m., police dispatch told officers in the field the clerk’s cell phone was pinged in the area of South Main and Pillsbury streets. Suspect photos were also shared with officers. State police also brought their K-9 and drone to Gas Street.

About 15 minutes later, police spoke to a witness in the area who told them he saw another man, known to police, on a bicycle, and he was wearing a black jacket.

Around 7:15 p.m., state police cleared the area of the field on Loudon Road where it has been searching with a drone. Other troopers also left to go to Bow where a major crash between a vehicle and a motorcycle was reported on Route 3A near Robinson Road. Just before the crash, a police officer in the area of Grandview Road reported almost being struck by a speeding motorcycle heading south on Route 3A.

At just before 9 a.m., a be-on-the-lookout call was issued for the suspect, who was wanted on robbery and kidnapping charges. The suspect was described as a white man wearing a black Carhartt jacket. The suspect was also accused of stealing the store clerk’s cellphone. The clerk’s cell phone was pinged and picked up in the Gas and South Main streets area — near a major homeless camp.

Concord police were also searching areas around the Everett Arena at post time. It is unknown if that activity is connected to the robbery and kidnapping investigation.

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