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January 25, 2013

Gloucester Police/Fire: Police probe robbery attempt at liquor store

GLOUCESTER — Police are investigating an attempted robbery at the Seabreeze Liquors store on Eastern Avenue after a commercial alarm sounded early Thursday morning.

Responding officers found a hole cracked in the glass entrance door, though police said the hole was barely large enough to fit a hand through, and officers collected a sample of some blood left behind on the jagged glass around the hole.

Officers said it appeared that the person had been unsuccessful in entering the store; a deadbolt lock near the broken section of the door can be opened only by key, according to the report.

Police stopped one driver seen near the store about the time of the alarm at 12:47 a.m., but determined that person had no cuts on his hands or wrists, so the blood on the broken glass could not be his.

Police and firefighters responded to a call reporting water leaking through the ceiling of a Dodge Street apartment and turned the water off for the resident Wednesday about 8:09 p.m.

Police found a broken pipe under the sink of a vacant upstairs apartment and turned off water to that floor. Firefighters checked for other leaks and examined the electrical box, looking for any blown fuses, police said.

Firefighters also advised the resident to call a plumber and electrician.

Marjorie Nesin can be reached at 978-283-7000, x3451, or at

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