Armed robbery at Paulin's


NORTH BENNINGTON — Another armed robbery has been reported.

This time, Paulin's, at 2 Bank Street, was the target. Bennington Police said that at approximately 6 p.m. Sunday a lone male wearing tan colored cargo pants, a military-style camouflage jacket, dark colored hood, cap, and gloves, entered the store, displayed a weapon, threatened the clerk, and took money from the cash register.

The male left on foot, heading south on Main Street. Vermont State Police were summoned and used a dog to search the area but they could not find the suspect.

No one was injured. Police did not disclose the type of weapon involved nor the amount of money stolen.

Police said they do not believe the robbery is related to the others that have occurred over the past year.

On Oct. 23, at 6:35 a.m., an armed robbery was reported at Willy's Variety Store on Gage Street in Bennington. Police said a lone male wearing dark, camouflage pants, a sweatshirt, gloves, dark shoes with white soles, and possibly two different masks, one camouflage and the other with a skull pattern, entered the store carrying a handgun. He ordered the clerk to go to another part of the store while he took money from the cash register and left.

A $750 reward has been put up for information leading to the arrest of the suspect in the Willy's robbery.

The Willy's robbery prompted a group of people in the Gage Street neighborhood to form a neighborhood watch. The group met Nov. 10 at the First Baptist Church on Main Street in Bennington where they discussed crime and strategies to combat it, as well as working with police.

There was an attempted robbery at Willy's in 2012. A male entered the store and demanded money at gunpoint. The clerk refused and the male left.

In July of this year, a lone male robbed the Subway on North Street at knife point. The robbery occurred shortly after 11 p.m.

Anyone with information on these incidents is asked to call Bennington Police at 802-442-1030.

— Contact Keith Whitcomb Jr. at 802-447-7567 Ext. 115


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