MINERVA — The owner of Mammy and Pop’s General Store was back behind the counter on Wednesday, a day after he was pistol-whipped by a crazed female robber.
Jack Green said he had a couple of bumps and scratches on his head from spots where the thief hit him with a gun, but a CAT scan found no serious injuries, and he wasn’t believed to have suffered a concussion.
“I know I’m lucky. It could have been a lot worse,” he said.
Police swarmed the remote Essex County town on Wednesday, setting up a checkpoint to stop traffic to try to generate leads from those who travel Route 28N regularly.
State Police Capt. Robert LaFountain said the agency was following leads as of Wednesday afternoon but had no better description of the thief than what was released Tuesday. No description of a possible getaway vehicle had been compiled, either.
Green said he was in the deli section of the store when the woman came in, wearing a ski mask, waving a dark-colored handgun and yelling at him to give her money.
“She was whacked out, she had to be on something, screaming at the top of her lungs,” he recalled.
The woman made off with a few hundred dollars.
Police described her as white, about 6 feet tall with a slender build, having blonde or light brown hair and wearing a black-colored ski mask, black sweatshirt, black sweatpants and dark sneakers.
“I’m 5-foot-11 and she was eye-to-eye with me,” Green said.
He said he believes the robbery wasn’t her first act of violence, but he didn’t recognize her from prior visits to the store, either by appearance or voice.
“My opinion, I don’t think she was local. I know pretty much everybody around here,” he said.
Green said he grabbed a gun he has to chase the thief, but when he went outside, the woman was gone. A neighbor who was removing snow from the roof of his home said he didn’t see anyone leave, which made him think she headed south.
The store, formerly known as Murdie’s General Store, did not have a surveillance video system before Tuesday. It had occasionally been broken into over the years but had experienced no violence. Green said a video system was being added Wednesday.
“I never really thought I would need it out here,” he said. “But there is a lot of drugs around. It seems like 90 percent of the problems we have around here are from drugs.”
Anyone with information in the case is being asked to call 518-897-2750.