June 24, 2018
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Police pursuing leads in robbery of hotel in Presque Isle

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Police have “a few leads” in a robbery that occurred early Saturday morning at a hotel in the city.

Presque Isle police Sgt. Laurie Kelly said Thursday that investigators have spoken again with the employee at the Budget Traveler Hotel who called police after two men reportedly walked into the lobby and robbed the night clerk at gunpoint.

“The officers have conducted another interview with the complainant and they’ve also collected evidence from the scene,” said Kelly. “They have a few leads that they are working on.”

Kelly said she could not specify what evidence was recovered from the crime scene.

The investigation began Saturday after two men dressed in black and wearing ski masks entered the hotel at 71 Main St. around 3 a.m. The men entered the lobby of the hotel, allegedly pointed a gun at the night clerk and demanded the money in the cash register be handed over.

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

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 to join the search.

Presque Isle police Sgt. Mark Barnes and Officer Peter Johnson continue to investigate the case, Kelly said Thursday.

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