Union Ave. convenience store robbed at gunpoint

LACONIA — Police are investigating an armed robbery of a convenience store Saturday night — the second such incident within a week.

A cashier at the Laconia Shop Express at Gilford and Union avenues told police that an armed suspect entered the store at 10:45 p.m. brandishing a handgun and wearing a mask.

The robber made off with an undisclosed amount of money and fled on foot toward Winter Street where a witness said the robber got into a dark colored hatchback-style car.

This is the second armed robbery at a city convenience store in a week. Last Tuesday night a large man wearing a Halloween mask entered the Premium Mart Store on Court Street. He forced the cashier into the office and allegedly stole an undisclosed amount of money.

Police are not saying if they believe the two armed robberies are related.

According to Lt. Matt Canfield, the city has seen a recent uptick in armed robberies this year — about 10-12 in the past year. The Premium Mart has been robbed twice this year. The other robbery occurred in late October, committed by someone riding a bicycle.

Anyone with any information is asked to call the Laconia Police Department at 524-5257 or leave an anonymous tip at the Greater Laconia Crime Line at 524-1717.