The actions of a not-entirely-convinced Dunkin' Donuts clerk foiled an attempted robbery at the 175 Broad Street location Monday evening.
According to a release sent by New London police, a masked man walked into the popular coffeeshop at 6:35 p.m. and handed the clerk a note saying he had a gun and that "this was a robbery."
The clerk, who was not identified by police, demanded to see the gun, and the suspect turned and fled from the store toward Williams Street. A police canine unit was summoned to track the suspect but lost his scent in the area of Granite and Williams streets. According to the release, "several items of evidence were recovered" during the canine search, including the note the would-be thief gave to the clerk.
Police said the suspect is a tall, white male with a thin build wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt underneath a green waist-length jacket, dark jeans and black shoes.
Anyone with information on this incident can call the New London Police Detective Division at 860-447-1481.