HAMPSTEAD – Jason Gaff, 37, of 8 Johnson Meadow Road in Hampstead was arrested by Plaistow police shortly after he allegedly committed an armed robbery at the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Garden Road in Plaistow on Sunday, July 28, about 3:20 p.m.
According to Plaistow Police, the suspect fled from the robbery scene in a white Lincoln Town Car. Officer Dorothy McGurren, responding to the incident, passed the suspect on Westville Road and turned around and gave chase, making several attempts to stop the vehicle. As McGurren continued to try and stop the suspect, using her cruiser to block his path, the suspect hit the cruiser twice before backing up into the entrance to a condominium complex on Old County Road.
At that point Plaistow Police Sgt. Valquerio Eiro arrived and the two Plaistow officers were able to block the suspect with their cruisers. The suspect was seen tossing a weapon out of his car window, and it was recovered. Gaff was taken into custody by the Plaistow Police.
The police learned, after speaking to witnesses at the Rite Aid Pharmacy, that the suspect had approached the pharmacy window and told the clerk he needed Klonopin and Xanax. When asked for a prescription, witnesses say the suspect told the clerk he didn’t have one but didn’t want any trouble. Witnesses said he lifted his shirt, showing a handgun tucked into his shorts’ waistband.
The clerk responded by giving the suspect an unknown amount of pills and the suspect subsequently fled from the store and left in his vehicle. A quick thinking store employee followed the suspect out of the store and was able to give police a description of the car.
Gaff was brought to the Plaistow Police Station and charged with robbery, possession of a controlled drug, felon in possession of a firearm, receiving stolen property, changing marks when the handgun’s serial number was scratched off, reckless operation of a vehicle and disobeying an officer.
He was arraigned in Plaistow District Court Monday morning, July 29, and bail was set at $50,000 cash. He was transported to the Rockingham County House of Correction in Brentwood, with a probable cause hearing scheduled for Aug. 8 in Plaistow District Court.
Plaistow Police say the investigation into the incident continues, and anyone with information is asked to contact Deputy Chief Kathleen Jones at 382-6816 or by e-mail at email@example.com.
Hampstead Police Lt. John Frazier said the only contact his department has had with Gaff was for minor traffic violations last fall. “It involved the white Lincoln Town Car that Plaistow arrested him in,” he said.