Ashland police think store bandits may be same 2 men who robbed Circle K in Gilford on Sat. night

ASHLAND — Police are investigating the attempted robbery of the Circle K on West Street convenience store that occurred Sunday morning at 6 a.m.

Lt. Don Marin said two people wearing masks went into the store but the lone clerk was in a back office.

He said the two apparently got scared and ran off.

Marin said he has been in contact with the Gilford Police because the description of the masks used in Ashland's attempted robbery were similar to those used in the armed robbery at midnight Sunday of the Big Apple Convenience Store on Country Club Road.

In the Gilford case, police said two masked people entered the store and pointed a handgun at the clerk who gave them all of the money. The clerk called 9-1-1 immediately after the bandits left and was unharmed.

Police in both communities said the clerks were working alone during the Gilford robbery and the Ashland attempted robbery.

Marin said the video cameras showed the two who intended to rob the Circle K may have been driving a gray 2000 to 2005 Volkswagen Passat.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Ashland Police at 968-4000 or the Gilford Police at 527-4737.