East Greenwich Police Chief Tom Coyle said they are “working on a suspect” in the convenience store on Main Street.
The suspect, around 18 to 20 years old, held up a lone store clerk Tuesday around 9:30 p.m., according to police. On Wednesday, store owner Mike DiRaimo said he had not yet figured out how much was taken.
DiRaimo said this was the first time in 22 years of ownership that a robbery — armed or otherwise — had taken place. “Once we caught some kids taking candy bars. That’s the extent of it,” he said.
The clerk, he said, has worked at the store for eight years and did not recognize the man, who was captured on videotape by a surveillance camera. "Most of our customers are regulars," he said.
The photos released by police show a thin white young man wearing a Boston Bruin cap with a large brim that shields part of his face. He’s wearing a short-sleeved Ed Hardy t-shirt over a white long-sleeved white shirt. He has an earring in his left ear. He appears to be talking on a cell phone in the photos.
“He’s shook up but he’ll be fine,” said DiRaimo of the clerk. He said the man is taking some time off.
During the day, there are two people on at the store, but from 6 p.m. on, there’s usually just one person working. The store closes at 11 p.m.
Meanwhile, police are also searching for the suspect in in which a young girl barricaded herself upstairs and called police. The girl was unharmed and the suspect had fled by the time police arrived. According to Coyle, police are “working on some leads” in that case.
Police are asking anyone with information about either case to contact them at 401-886-8685.