Police pursue sightings of car in Ellsworth robbery attempt

Posted Jan. 03, 2011, at 7:17 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 05, 2011, at 7:07 p.m.

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Police continue to follow up leads on a reported armed robbery attempt on Dec. 30 outside a High Street business but have not found the vehicle believed to have been involved.

Detective Dottie Small of the Ellsworth Police Department said Monday that the most recent credible sighting of the vehicle, a silver Saab with a loaner license plate of “92K,” was on New Year’s Day on the Maine Turnpike. She said the vehicle was reported to be southbound on the turnpike between mile markers 48 and 49.

The sighting was reported to Maine State Police, Small said, but the vehicle was not located.

Small said police are looking into other reported potential sightings of the vehicle, but have not made headway in tracking down suspects in the case.

The vehicle is believed to have been involved in a Dec. 30 robbery attempt outside Needful Things consignment shop, police have said. A skinny male hopped out of the vehicle and drew a gun on the shop owner as he was about to drive away after closing up, but the owner fled on foot, according to police. The suspect hopped back into the Saab, which sped off south on High Street.

According to police, the license plate is believed to have been stolen from a Westbrook auto dealer. Police also have said they received reports earlier in the day that the same vehicle had been involved in a speeding complaint in Harrington.

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