PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — City police are seeking the public’s help to locate a man who robbed the Subway sandwich shop on Main Street Monday night.
The incident happened just before 11:45 p.m., according to a statement issued Tuesday by the Presque Isle Police Department.
Two employees were working in the store on Monday night when a man, who they said was dressed completely in black, entered the store. He had a black mask over his face, so the workers could not identify him.
The employees said the man brandished a knife and told them he was there to rob the store.
He then forced the two employees into a walk-in cooler and fled on foot. The suspect made off with the money but at this point in the investigation, police are not saying how much was taken.
After breaking out of the cooler, the employees called police.
Officer Kevin Schumacher and the department’s bloodhound tracking dog, Hunter, were called in, and evidence was recovered from the scene, police said.
Detective Bill Scull and Officer Larry Fickett, who are investigating the robbery, were assisted by the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department and Maine State Police.
This is the third robbery in the city involving masked intruders since April. Presque Isle Police Chief Naldo Gagnon said Tuesday that the number is high for the city.
“It is very alarming to us,” said the chief.
Gagnon said that at this point police do not consider the robberies connected.
The first robbery occurred shortly after 3 a.m. April 3 at the Budget Traveler Hotel on Main Street and involved two men dressed in black and wearing ski masks. They entered the lobby of the hotel, pointed a gun at the night clerk and demanded 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 failed to turn up suspects, but police said evidence was collected at the scene.
The second robbery took place about 10 p.m. May 29 at a Main Street gas station owned by Daigle Oil Co.
A female employee was in her office with her back to the door cashing out for the day when two men entered the building. The employee had not yet locked the gas station door, according to police.
The two men had nylon stockings over their heads and were dressed in black. The female employee told police that one of the men had a gun tucked into the waistband of his pants.
The men demanded money and ran out of the store as soon as the employee gave them what money she had. They escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash.
Anyone who has information on the Subway robbery or the other robberies is asked to call the Presque Isle Police Department at 764-4476.