Police searching for thief who wore animal mask during robberies

Credit: Mansfield Police Department

Credit: Mansfield Police Department

Three armed robberies by a person wearing an animal mask have been reported this week in Massachusetts and Rhode Island.

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Police in Providence, Attleboro and Mansfield are working to help track the person down before someone else gets hurt.

Mansfield Police were gathering evidence at a Cumberland Farms convenience store where the latest robbery happened Friday morning. Around 12:30 a.m., a person wearing an animal mask armed with a gun robbed the clerk. The suspect got away with an undisclosed amount of cash and other items.

The news has left customers shocked -- especially since the story sounds all too familiar.

On Monday morning, a clerk at an Attleboro gas station was shot in the stomach during a similar robbery. The man who pulled the trigger was wearing a monkey mask.

This past Sunday, there was another armed robbery in Providence at the Gulf Station. The robber, a woman, also had on a monkey mask.

Customers in Mansfield said this isn't fair because the clerks are just trying to make an honest living.

"I’m a nurse. I get out at 12, so I usually come here at night," customer Tim Muldon said. "I feel bad for the ones working overnight. Someone will get hurt."

Police said the suspect in the Mansfield case is described as a black male, approximately 5 feet to 5 feet, 6 inches tall. He was wearing a black sweatshirt and rabbit mask. Police said he may have scarring or discoloration on his hands.

Anyone with information should call police at (508) 261-7300.

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