Police Looking for Suspect in Attempted Armed Robbery at Dunkin' Donuts
A knife-wielding man allegedly tried to rob the Dunkin' Donuts at 2 Lynn Fells Parkway Thursday, according to police. The same man was also spotted at a Dunkin' Donuts on Franklin Street shortly before the attempted armed robbery.
Stoneham detectives are looking for a man who appeared in two Dunkin' Donuts—the second of which he attempted to rob at knifepoint—in Stoneham Thursday, according to police.
At 3:54 p.m., police responded to the Dunkin' Donuts on Franklin Street after an employee called about a suspicious man in the store.
"The employee in the store thought they recognized him from a past robbery," said Lieutenant Jim McIntyre. "He became nervous and ended up leaving the store. Because of him going into the store the (patrol) units started checking other Dunkin' Donuts and convenience stores to keep an eye out and give them a heads up that he was out and about."
At 4:36 p.m., an officer visited the Dunkin' Donuts at 2 Lynn Fells Parkway and "before the officer was finished explaining what happened the employee stated that he was just in the store and tried to rob them," according to McIntyre.
"(The suspect) asked for the money, the employee closed the drawer up on him before he ran out," McIntyre said, adding that the suspect was holding a small knife at the time of the incident.
Stoneham Patch attempted to reach the employee at the second Dunkin' Donuts by phone, but the number he provided was disconnected.
The suspect, who was last seen heading toward West Wyoming Avenue in Melrose, is described as a white man, about 5-foot-11, wearing a blue hooded sweatshirt and sunglasses, according to McIntyre. Police believe the suspect left the area in a vehicle parked nearby.
Detectives are in the process of collecting surveillance footage from the Dunkin' Donuts locations to try and generate some leads, according to McIntyre.
As of Friday afternoon, no arrests had been made, according to McIntyre.
If you have any information related to the investigation, call Stoneham Police Department at 781-438-1215.