Armed bandit hits Tilton antique store

TILTON — Police continue to investigate the armed robbery of a downtown antiques store that happened Thursday just after 5 p.m.
Det. Matthew Dawson said a lone male wearing a ski mask entered the store and, brandishing a handgun, demanded the owner give him the money in the register and the night deposit bag. He also took money from her pocketbook and told he to go into the bathroom and wait.
"It's crazy," said Dawson who noted this is the fourth armed robbery in the past year in Tilton. "We've had two at LaChances, one at the Big Apple and now this one."
Police had made arrests in all three of the aforementioned robberies.
The man was described as between 5-feet 8-inches and 6-feet tall, white, and wearing jeans and a dark jacket. He fled in an unknown direction.
Ella's Antique and Consignment is a small store in the middle of Main Street in Tilton. Just a few doors from the Tilton Town Hall, Dawson noted that the chief's cruiser was parked on School Street while he was attending a Selectman's meeting at the time of the robbery.
Dawson said the victim was very shaken but was not injured.
Dawson said they are investigating a number of leads and ask anyone with any information to call the Tilton Police at 286-4442.