WILKES-BARRE — Hoping the public might be able to provide leads in at least one robbery last week, city police have released a photo of the pink-gloved suspect.
A clerk at the Turkey Hill Minit Market at 754 S. Main St. said a white male entered the store at 4:28 p.m. April 23 and handed her a note that stated he was armed and demanded money.
The clerk retrieved money from the cash register and handed it to the suspect, who grabbed the money and the note and fled the business. He was last seen running east on Blackman Street.
Officers searched the area but were unable to locate the suspect, who is described as a white male with a thin build, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, wearing a tan sweatshirt with a green hood, khaki shorts, fingerless pink gloves, and white sneakers with florescent green shoelaces.
The suspect had the hood pulled taught around his face and was wearing white rimmed sunglasses.
The description is similar to that of a man who tried to rob Pete’s Place pizza shop at 159 Blackman St., about two blocks southwest of the Turkey Hill store, later that night.
An employee at Pete’s Place told police that a man came into the pizza shop at about 8:10 p.m. and handed him a note demanding money.
The employee said he crumbled up the note, threw it at the suspect and ordered him to get out. The suspect then picked up the note and fled. He was last seen running north on Brown Street, police said.
That suspect is described as a white male in his early 20s with a thin build, about 5 feet, 9 inches tall, wearing a white knit cap, a white hooded sweatshirt with a tan sweatshirt over it, dark-colored pants, pink gloves, and white sneakers with green shoelaces and bright-green grass stains on them.
That suspect also had the hood pulled tight around his face and was wearing gray-rimmed sunglasses.
Anyone with information on the identity of the suspect should call Detective Elick at 570-208-4220.