HAMBURG, NY - Hamburg Police have released a new photo Monday afternoon, in addition to two photos released earlier, and all taken from security cameras inside the Hamburg Toys R Us store where assistant store manager Laurence Wells, 35, of Blasdell, was killed Saturday morning.
Police said these photos show the suspect, who appears to be a man about 5' 10" tall, entering the store at about 4:20 a.m., carrying what appears to be some kind of sharp object. The person is then seen entering the store's office at 4:30 a.m., when the screen goes blank. Police believe the suspect unplugged the camera at that point.
According to police, the pictures show the suspect wearing what appear to be sweatpants with lettering down the left leg, a jacket with a high tan collar, or some sort of scarf, and a Florida Gators hat.
A photo of the hat was released by police Sunday.
According to police, the hat found at the scene was submitted to a crime lab and has been determined to contain enough DNA to move forward. The video has been submitted to the FBI lab in Quantico, VA for enhancement.
The victim was found in the office by another employee at about 5:45 a.m.
The store re-opened Monday morning. Inside, a district manager for Toys R Us declined comment on the situation.
Crimestoppers is now offering a reward of up to $1,000 for information leading to the arrest and conviction of the person who killed Wells.
Anyone who recognizes the suspect's clothing or has any information that could be useful to the investigation is asked to call Hamburg Police at (716) 648-5111, ext. 0, or Detective Scott Kashino at (716) 648-5118, ext. 2672.
According to an obituary posted by the funeral home handling arrangements for Wells, he had been a teacher prior to embarking on his retail management career.
He leaves behind several relatives, including a wife and small daughter, for whom a scholarship fund is being established.
Police say they will continue to update the public on the case via the Hamburg Police Department Facebook page.