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Gunman Robs Miracle Mile Store

Surveillance photograph of a March 8 robbery at The Little Store in Lebanon. (Courtesy photograph)

Surveillance photograph of a March 8 robbery at The Little Store in Lebanon. (Courtesy photograph)

For the second time this month, city police are investigating a brazen armed robbery at a high-profile retail shop. Authorities, however, aren’t sure if the incidents are related.

On Wednesday night, a masked man entered the Family Dollar store in the Miracle Mile Plaza, held two employees at gunpoint, and made off with cash from the store — police declined to say how much, but indicated it was not a large amount.

No one was hurt.

Police Lt. Matt Isham said that authorities are unsure if the Family Dollar robbery is related to a similar incident at The Little Store on Route 120 on March 8, during which a masked man pointed a gun at a clerk and stole cash. There is no evidence linking the two crimes, though the investigation is ongoing, and Isham noted similarities in the description and conduct of the suspects.

“It’s possible — we don’t have anything directly relating them,” Isham said. “We’re all asking the same thing.”

The Family Dollar robbery occurred around 8 p.m. in the busy plaza when the nearby Entertainment Cinemas movie theater and other businesses also were open. (The Family Dollar store closes at 9 p.m.)

“We’re continuing to follow up leads,” Isham said. “We’re asking for help from the public. We can’t believe someone didn’t see something.”

Police also were befuddled at why the assailant would hit a store that is highly visible, but would not seem to be a particularly lucrative target.

“We’re really not sure if it’s opportunity — we don’t have an answer,” Isham said. “It’s the Miracle Mile Plaza, it’s a popular place.”

The Family Dollar robber was described as a white male, about 6 feet tall, wearing jeans, a black hooded sweatshirt, a camouflage face mask and gloves.

That description is fairly close to the description of the suspect who barged into the Little Store around 7:30 p.m. on March 8, pointed a handgun at the lone clerk behind the counter and demanded money.

He made off with a small amount of cash and fled in the direction of the green.

That suspect was described as 6’ tall, medium build, and wore a black ski mask, black gloves, black pants and black footwear

Family Dollar store employees yesterday said they were forbidden from discussing the incident, and referred all questions to a district manager, who referred questions to the Family Dollar corporate headquarters in North Carolina. A corporate spokeswoman said she was not available to talk until next week.

Around 8:45 p.m. Wednesday night, several patrol cars were parked outside the Family Dollar, and a police dog combed the road .

When a store manager arrived on the scene, officers told her to stay put as she got out of her car and approached the store, to allow the canine to search unimpeded. The police officer later apologized to the store manager for yelling.

Anyone who may have been traveling in the area of the Family Dollar store Wednesday night and may have information about the robbery is asked to call the Lebanon Police Department at (603) 448-1212.

Valley News Staff Writer Ben Conarck contributed to this report. Mark Davis can be reached at mcdavis@vnews.com or 603-727-3304.