June 25, 2018
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No arrest yet in Presque Isle robbery

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Presque Isle police still were working Monday afternoon to find two men who reportedly robbed the Budget Traveler Hotel at gunpoint early Saturday morning.

No one had been arrested in connection with the crime as of late Monday afternoon, police said.

The investigation began Saturday after two men entered the hotel at 71 Main St. around 3 a.m.

According to information released by the Presque Isle Police Department, two men dressed entirely in black and wearing ski masks entered the lobby of the hotel, pointed a gun at the night clerk and demanded all the money in the cash register.

The two then ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash, and the clerk immediately called 911 to report the incident.

A search of the area Saturday failed to turn up the suspects, and the department’s bloodhound, Hunter, and his handler, Officer Kevin Schumacher, were called in to join the search.

Presque Isle police Sgt. Mark Barnes and Officers Peter Johnson and Kevin Reed were joined in the search by state Trooper Dan Deschaine and members of the U.S. Border Patrol.

Police said evidence was collected at the scene.

It is not clear whether the hotel has put different or enhanced security procedures in place since the robbery.

Management at the hotel said Monday they did not want to comment on the situation.

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