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Police seek robber of Wilmington Dunkin’ Donuts

Not connected to string of thefts that hit chain

A Dunkin’ Donuts shop in Wilmington was robbed Monday afternoon, but police said they do not believe it is connected to the robberies of more than 20 other Dunkin’ shops that have taken place since March.

According to Wilmington police, officers were called to 66 Concord St. at about 4:55 p.m. to investigate reports that the restaurant had been robbed.

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Investigators said the suspect entered the shop through the front door before making off with an undisclosed amount of money.

No injuries were reported in the robbery, and the suspect was unarmed, said Lieutenant Brian Pupa of the Wilmington police.

At least two dozen Dunkin’ shops in Massachusetts have been robbed since March, and in 22 of those, the suspect’s description and the way the crime was committed share many similarities.

Police have officially connected only five of the 22 robberies.

But police from all of the robbed communities share information and coordinate frequently.

In the previous 22 holdups, the suspect has brandished a gun or a knife.

The robbery of a Dunkin’ shop in Saugus Thursday was described as an “isolated incident” by the Saugus police chief.

The Wilmington robbery was deemed unconnected, as well, police said.

“From the previous robberies, we don’t believe this is related,” Pupa said.

“I don’t think it was a copycat,” he said. “I think it was just somebody looking to commit a robbery.”

However, police are investigating whether the Wilmington store suspect is the same person who robbed a gas station in Winchester on Saturday, Pupa said.

Dunkin’ Donuts is offering a $10,000 reward for information leading to the arrest of a suspect in the string of robberies.

Jasper Craven can be reached at jasper.craven@globe.com. Follow him on Twitter @Jasper_Craven.

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