Published DateLACONIA — City police continue to investigate the armed robbery of a clerk at the Laconia Spa on Church Street Friday night.
Police were called to the convenience store at 8:55 p.m. for a report of a tall thin person of undetermined sex wearing a mask and wielding what was described as a six-inch bladed knife. The suspect was wearing a bright yellow hooded Laconia Bike Week sweatshirt.
The person demanded money and fled in the direction of Messer Street where a witness who chased the person said he or she got into a maroon sedan with a temporary New Hampshire license plate as a passenger.
The witness was able to follow the car to Blueberry Lane, said police, and told reported the suspect got out of the car and fled on foot into the woods.
Police along with a N.H. State Police K-9 and firefighters with a thermal imaging devise searched the woods but were unable to locate the suspect.
Police detained the man who was driving the car but yesterday Capt. Matt Canfield said he was later released. He said city police have had contact with the driver before Friday night.
Anyone with any information is asked to call the Laconia Police at 524-5252, the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717 or go to www.laconiapd.org and leave an anonymous tip.