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State police seek robbery suspect in Essex

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Essex — State police in Westbrook are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in an armed robbery that took place at 7 p.m. Thursday at the Best Way Sunoco gas station at 1 Saybrook Road.

Police said a man was seen on surveillance cameras entering the gas station about 7 p.m. and subsequently brandishing a handgun. He demanded money from the cash register and stole an unknown amount of cash before exiting the gas station.

The man is described as Black, being possibly in his 50s, approximately 5 feet 3 inches tall, weighing about 170 pounds and clean-shaven with a bald head. He was wearing a white T-shirt, denim jean shorts and white sneakers with blue tips. He was wearing a blue surgical mask and what appeared to be a yellow microfiber type fabric on his head.

He was seen exiting the parking lot in what appears to be a dark-colored, possibly black, 1998-2002 Honda Accord four-door sedan.

Anyone with information in identifying the suspect or the vehicle he was operating is asked to contact Detective Sarah Starkey, No. 602, at state police Troop F Barracks in Westbrook at (860) 399-2100 or by email at


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