Less than a week before Christmas, Portsmouth police are investigating a robbery at the Portsmouth Salvation Army after a masked man fled with a bag of cash.

According to Seacoast Online, the robbery was reported around 8:30 by an employee of the Lafayette Road store. The man, described as wearing a black hoodie and face mask, showed a pistol. The report states he fled on foot with the bag of cash, and police believed later got into a vehicle.

According to emergency radio communications at the time, the suspect was described as about 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 10 inches. Portsmouth police Lt. Mark Newport stated evidence was found near the scene, and is being analyzed.

The public's assistance is being sought. Rewards of up to $1,000 may be paid for help solving cases if the information leads to the arrest or indictment. Anyone with info should call (603) 431-1199, or texting CRIMES (274637) and including TIPSCS in the message.

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