Police probe pair of armed robberies

Posted March 30, 2009, at 9:39 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11 a.m.

BANGOR, Maine — A gun-wielding suspect wearing dark-colored clothing and a mask robbed two local convenience stores, one in the city and one in nearby Kenduskeag, over the weekend and police are investigating whether the crimes are related.

“We’re not sure of that,” Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Monday. “It pretty much sounds the same, but you can’t say that until all the chips are on table, until the votes are counted.”

The male suspect in both armed robberies was carrying a black semiautomatic handgun, Bangor police and the lead investigator for the Maine State Police said Monday.

The criminal is described as around 6 feet tall, 190 to 200 pounds, and wearing a dark-colored sweatshirt with a hood and a mask, described by one store clerk as a ski mask.

The man reportedly pointed his handgun at a store clerk working at a Broadway store in Bangor on Saturday and at a Kenduskeag store clerk on Sunday. He demanded cash and escaped with an undisclosed amount in both cases. The second armed robbery occurred just 10 miles down the road and 24 hours after the first robbery.

The first robbery occurred at 9:08 p.m. Saturday at the Tom T. Irving Store at 1123 Broadway, also known as Route 15.

The female clerk told police a lone male wearing a black hooded shirt, a mask over his face, gloves and a red or orange backpack pointed what appeared to be a black semiautomatic handgun at her and demanded money.

She gave him an undisclosed amount of cash, then he ran toward Burleigh Road.

The second robbery happened at Sam’s Qwik Stop on Route 15 near the Stetson Road intersection in the center of Kenduskeag.

The suspect, wearing a ski mask, entered the store about 8:50 p.m. and demanded money, said a woman who answered the store’s phone Monday and who asked not to be identified.

“He pointed a gun at her head and told her to give him the money out of the drawer,” she said. “She did. She gave him the [entire] drawer right out of the cash register.”

“The clerk described it [the gun] as a black, semiautomatic handgun,” Maine State Police lead investigator Chris Hashey said Monday.

The female clerk was shaken up but fine, and worked on Monday, the woman who answered the phone at the store said Monday.

“He ran behind the building and we don’t know if he was on foot or got into a vehicle,” she said of the suspect.

Sam’s Qwik Stop has six surveillance cameras, Hashey said. He traveled to Vassalboro on Monday to review and try to collect evidence from the tapes at the Computer Crimes Unit lab.

“We don’t have any suspects, but we do have video surveillance that was taken from the store,” he said.

There were no injuries in either robbery, but because the criminal used a weapon he faces a Class A felony charge, Hashey said. If caught and convicted, the suspect could face a penalty of up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.

Anyone with information about either robbery or who was in the area of the stores at the time of the crimes is asked to call Bangor police Detective Tim Cotton at 947-7384 or Maine State Police Trooper Chris Hashey at 866-2121.

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