Providence police: Robbers took cash, candy bars from store

PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) – Providence police say thieves made off with around $1,000 in cash as well as candy bars, cigar wrappers and glass pipes after robbing a Cranston Street convenience store at gunpoint late Sunday night.

A store clerk told police three men entered the store shortly before 11 p.m. Sunday and demanded “big bills” from beneath the counter. While one of the suspects pointed a gun at the clerk, the other men took several display boxes of candy, including Hershey’s and Kit Kat bars, according to an incident report obtained by Eyewitness News.

Security footage showed the suspect carrying the gun as a light-skinned male wearing a black hooded jacket and grey gloves with what looked like a white snowflake on the back. Another suspect had most of his face covered, but also wore a black sweatshirt and North Face gloves. The third suspect wore a yellow hooded sweatshirt and black jeans.

No arrests have been made.

Robberies in the capital city have dipped compared with the same point in 2014, according to a crime statistics report officials release each week. As of March 8, there had been 8 robberies with a firearm and 45 in total; in 2014, there were 18 robberies involving guns and 54 total robberies between Jan. 1 and March 8.

Dan McGowan ( dmcgowan@wpri.com ) covers politics, education and the city of Providence for WPRI.com. Follow him on Facebook and Twitter: @danmcgowan

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