Officials probe salon robbery

Posted Sept. 23, 2009, at 8:14 p.m.

OLD TOWN, Maine — The man who robbed the Sun Tan City on Stillwater Avenue Tuesday evening got a tour of the facility earlier in the day and displayed a handgun during the robbery, Detective Tom Adams said Wednesday afternoon.

The suspect, who is described as a 5-foot 10-inch white male in his early 20s and weighing between 150 and 160 pounds, was caught on the facility’s surveillance cameras during the tour.

“He came back about half an hour later [after the tour] and went in and approached the front counter,” Adams said.

When he got to the counter, the suspect pulled up his sweatshirt to reveal a handgun he had in his waistband, the detective said.

“He asked for all the money” and was given an undisclosed amount of cash and then left on foot, Adams said.

The type of gun is known but is not being released because of the investigation, he said.

The armed robbery was reported to Old Town police at 7:06 p.m. Police also say the suspect has light scruffy facial hair and was wearing a gray hooded sweatshirt, blue jeans and a blue baseball hat during the robbery.

Sun Tan City employees “did an excellent job of locking the doors, getting the employees out and calling 911,” Adams said.

Suzi Howard, Sun Tan City district manager, said on Wednesday that she was thankful no one was injured in the robbery.

“We just want the person caught,” she said.

Howard said she is restricted by company policy from releasing the total number of employees at the 585 Stillwater Ave. facility, which opened last winter, or how many were inside the shop when it was robbed.

Sgt. Scott Casey of the Old Town Police Department said Monday night that at least one employee was present, but that he didn’t have specifics about how many other employees or clients were in the building when the robbery occurred.

“We do have some good evidence from the scene,” Adams said.

BDN Writer Dawn Gagnon contributed to this article

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