Failed robbery attempt at Wilbraham Dunkin’ Donuts

Suspect led victim to thermostat keypad, later attempted to push victim into freezer

WILBRAHAM, Mass. (WWLP) – Wilbraham police say that a suspect who tried to rob the Dunkin’ Donuts on Boston Road early Monday morning was not successful in getting any money.

Wilbraham Police Capt. Timothy Kane told 22News that the crime took place as the victim was opening up the donut shop, just before 4:00 A.M. As the victim was entering the shop through the back door, the suspect- who was wearing a mask over his face- forced his way in.

Kane says that once inside, the suspect led the victim to what he believed to be the keypad for the safe, but it turned out only to be a thermostat. The suspect later did find the safe, but the victim told him that he did not know the combination. At one point, the suspect then tried to push the victim into the freezer, but the victim refused to go there.

Kane says that the suspect then decided to give up, and walked out of the donut shop empty-handed. He then briefly re-entered, but quickly decided to run away. Police believe that he ran down the railroad tracks toward Springfield. Kane says that a police dog that was called in from Palmer tracked the suspect’s scent to Verge Street in Springfield, where it is believed that he got into a car.

There is no description of the suspect available, Kane says. He told 22News that no weapon was used or implied during the robbery, and that the victim was not injured.