Thief wielding apparent grenade robs Rockland Tedeschi’s store

A thief wielding what appeared to be a hand grenade robbed a Rockland convenience store Friday night, local police said.

A man who swathed his face in bandanas entered the Tedeschi’s Food Shop at 268 Union St. in Rockland early Friday evening and demanded money and a pack of Camel non-filtered cigarettes from the store clerks, Rockland police said in a statement.

The clerks gave the man an undetermined amount of money, and he fled on foot. No injuries were reported.

Police described the thief as a white man around 6 feet tall with a medium build and said he was wearing tan cargo pants and a baggy, brownish, long-sleeved shirt.

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Over the top of his head he wore a green camouflage bandana under a white baseball cap with a turquoise brim bearing a logo for the “Brickyard 400 — Indianapolis Motor Speedway — August 5, 1995.’’ The cap had spots of light blue paint on the left side. A second, lime green bandana covered the man’s features, police said.

A man who answered the phone at the Union Street Tedeschi’s on Saturday referred calls to the corporate office, also in Rockland, where there was no answer.

Anyone with information on the robbery can contact Rockland police at 781-871-3890 or call their anonymous tip line at 781-878-4672.

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