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Clerk believes robberies about to get dangerous

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Surveillance photo from B&H Mart on Oct. 13 Surveillance photo from B&H Mart on Oct. 13
Surveillance photo from B&H Mart on Oct. 13 Surveillance photo from B&H Mart on Oct. 13
Surveillance photo from Lucky Mart on Oct. 11 Surveillance photo from Lucky Mart on Oct. 11
Surveillance photo from Lucky Mart on Oct. 11 Surveillance photo from Lucky Mart on Oct. 11
CAMP HILL, Pa. (WHTM) -

Alex Marque was sitting in a chair behind the counter of the B&H Mart in Lower Allen Township when a masked man walked into the store with a gun Sunday night.

"He brought the gun close to my eye, close to my face," Marque said. "He showed the gun and said 'give me money.' I gave him the money. My friend was in the back office and he saw it happening on the surveillance camera and he called the police."

Police believe the gunman that robbed Marque also held up the Pizza Hut and the Lucky Mart on East Simpson Street in Mechanicsburg last week. Surveillance photos from the B&H Mart, on Simpson Ferry Road, and the Lucky Mart both show a gunman dressed in all black and wearing a red mask covering his face.

"More than likely, when you see a string of robberies like this, it is someone that is binging or supplying their drug habit ," Lower Allen Township Police Chief Frank Williamson said.

Marque said he believes the man who robbed him was a customer.

"I just want to warn other store owners in Carlisle, Harrisburg, Mechanicsburg, be careful," he said. "I don't think this person is going to stop. It is soon going be dangerous."

Police said they are also concerned the crimes may escalate.

"We are always worried about them escalating, especially when a gun is displayed," Williamson said. "At the B&H Mart, the gun was pointed right at the clerk and there's always a chance, even by accident, for the gun to go off. We have no reason to believe it is anything other than a real gun and that always makes it dangerous."

Anyone with information may call Lower Allen police at 717-239-9676 or Mechanicsburg police at 717-691-3300.

 

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