New Bedford Police are investigating an unarmed robbery in the South End.

Det. Capt. Steven Vicente says that approximately 2:40 a.m. Thursday officers were sent to the 7-11 at 1024 Cove Rd. for a hold up alarm.

Officers arrived on scene where they determined that the clerk, identified only as a 20-year-old male, was the victim of an unarmed robbery and was unharmed.

Vicente says the suspect, described as a light skinned male about 5 feet 10 inches tall, walked into the store with a red shirt around his neck and grabbed a candy bar before approaching the register.

The suspect then made several demands for money causing the clerk to fear for his safety.

The clerk opened the register and the suspect reached in and grabbed an undisclosed amount of money.

Two customers tackled him as he was leaving the store but he was able to break free and fled the scene.

Some of the money was retrieved and given back to the clerk.

The suspect's red shirt, a white towel, and his sandals were left behind during the struggle and were collected as evidence.

Vicente is asking anyone with information to contact detectives at 508-991-6320 or leave an anonymous tip at 508-99-CRIME. (27463)

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