Police: smoke bomb went off in Salem, in NH jewelry store | New Hampshire


SALEM, NH – Police are looking for a man accused of setting off a smoke bomb inside a jewelry store in the Rockingham Park shopping center.

A public statement released Thursday describes the suspect as a male in his thirties and measuring around 6 feet.

Police said he spoke English and Spanish.

The incident was reported around 6 p.m. Wednesday, police said. Officers who arrived at the mall first helped evacuate the building and find the source of thick smoke inside.

An initial investigation revealed that a man walked into a jewelry store on the first floor and asked about some of the items on display.

The store owner was concerned about “the man’s suspicious nature and actions” and refused to remove the jewelry from the secure cases, police said in the statement.

At one point, near the registers, the suspect knelt down and set off a smoke bomb, police said.

CCTV shows the owner ran around the counter, grabbed the device and threw it into an open area of ​​the mall.

The suspect stood still for a few moments before fleeing, police said. He was seen throwing a bag and clothes as he took off.

Officers who found the bag enlisted the help of the Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit of the Nashua Police Department to identify what was inside.

An x-ray of the bag revealed “additional devices and powder,” the press release said.

No injuries were reported during the incident, however, police said there was damage to the mall and jewelry store.

Anyone with information is urged to contact the Salem Police Department at 603-893-1911.


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