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Gunman robs Spirit store

Clinton Police are looking for the masked gunman who robbed a local convenience store late Wednesday, even as they continue to investigate two recent break-ins to city businesses.

Around 10:40 p.m. Wednesday, officers with the Clinton Police Department responded to the Spirit store, located at 504 College St., in reference to an armed robbery. The owner, Jamal Alsaidi, told officers that a black male armed with a handgun had robbed them of an undisclosed amount of cash.

Clinton Police Chief Donald Edwards said there were customers and another employee at the store who witnessed the incident. No one was hurt.

The male suspect, who was alone, came into the store wearing a dark hoodie and blue jeans and armed with a black handgun. Witnesses reported that he had his face covered, but described him as being about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and weighing between 145 and 160 lbs.

Following the robbery, he fled on foot toward Eastover Avenue. Edwards said officers used a K9 unit in an attempt to track the suspect “with no success.”

Anyone with information about the incident is asked to contact the Clinton Police Department at 910-592-3105. If tipsters wish to remain anonymous, they can use the department’s tip line, at 910-590-3009, or text the tip via the tip411 system by texting to 847411, starting the message with “tipcpd.”

Police continue to investigate separate break-ins at local businesses reported earlier this week, including at Glam-O-Rama and Little Caesars. Video surveillance is getting investigators closer to a break in those cases.

Glam-O-Rama, located at 303 Northeast Blvd., was found broken into Saturday morning, July 14. Individuals shattered a rear glass door to the business and damaged an interior office door, inflicting $750 in estimated damage, and ultimately stole an undisclosed sum of money.

“Based on the video and information from Glam-O-Rama staff, investigators have identified key persons of interest,” Edwards said Thursday. “Likewise, with Little Caesars, video has helped investigators identify a suspect.”

In that break-in to Little Caesars, located off Sunset Avenue, a black male entered the business and removed an undisclosed amount of cash from the safe. That break-in was reported shortly after the business opened at 10 a.m. Monday.

There was no damage to the exterior door nor the safe. Initial reports stated that the suspect gained access with a key and the safe was opened by way of the keypad. An undisclosed sum of money was taken.

Nothing in the investigation has uncovered links between the break-in cases, nor with Wednesday’s robbery.

“We do not have any evidence that relates the break-ins nor the robbery,” Edwards stated. “Each one has provided different suspect names, from which we do not currently see a connection.”

The Spirit store in Clinton was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night and police are searching for the culprit. Spirit store in Clinton was robbed at gunpoint Wednesday night and police are searching for the culprit.
Video helps ID suspects in separate break-ins this week

By Chris Berendt

Managing Editor Chris Berendt can be reached at 910-592-8137 ext. 2587.