• Police hunt for person or persons behind animal mask robberies

    By: Malini Basu


    MANSFIELD, Mass. - Three armed robberies by a person wearing animal masks have been reported just this week. 

    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 the Cumberland Farms on Route 106 where the latest robbery happened Friday morning. Around 12:30 a.m. Friday morning, 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 the Attleboro Mobile Gas Station on Newport Avenue was shot in the stomach during a similar robbery. The man who pulled the trigger was wearing a monkey mask. 

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    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 say 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 told Boston 25 News. "I feel bad for the ones working overnight. Someone will get hurt."

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

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

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