NORWOOD — Police from the 16 Massachusetts communities where a total of 23 Dunkin’ Donuts store have been robbed since March met today at the police station here to discuss strategies and compare notes about their investigations.
Norwood Police Lieutenant Peter Kelley Jr. declined to provide details about the talks, citing the ongoing pursuit of the man or men involved.
But he said that the meeting was just an extension of work that has already been taking place.
“All along, since the Dunkin’ Donuts robberies have started, we’ve had the communities involved meeting collaboratively, getting together, and talking about their specific case, what’s unique to their case, and what’s comparable to the others.” Kelley said.
Kelley said that the robbery should be a concern not just to Dunkin’ Donuts employees but to anyone in the retail or service industry. He urged anyone who suddenly finds themselves confronted by an armed robber to do whatever that robber says, including giving them any money they ask for.
“Don’t fight them,” Kelley said.
Kelly reminded the public that Dunkin’ Donuts is offering a $10,000 cash reward for information leading to the arrest of the person responsible for the robberies.
Kelley said today’s meeting was held in Norwood because it has a large community room.
The media stakeout of the police station here drew the attention of a Norwood man who said he worked at a Westwood Dunkin’ Donuts that was robbed.
He said he was told the robber put a gun to a female co-worker’s head and demanded that she open the cash register.
He said afterward his co-worker’s mother stayed in the store for an entire week at closing time because the teenage worker was afraid.
“I think we should get a raise,” said the worker, who asked not to have his name published because he didn’t want to lose his job. “We put our lives in jeopardy.”
On Tuesday, a Dunkin Donuts on Hingham Street in Rockland was robbed around 7:40 p.m., making Rockland the 16th community and the 23rd store impacted by the wave of robberies.