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Police following up on Big Apple robbery tips

The Bangor Police Department released surveillance footage of a suspect in an armed robbery early Monday at the Big Apple convenience store on State Street.
Photo courtesy of the Bangor Police Department
The Bangor Police Department released surveillance footage of a suspect in an armed robbery early Monday at the Big Apple convenience store on State Street.
Posted April 05, 2011, at 6:36 p.m.
Last modified April 06, 2011, at 3:52 p.m.
The Bangor Police Department released surveillance footage of a suspect in an armed robbery early Monday at the Big Apple convenience store on State Street.
Photo courtesy of the Bangor Police Department
The Bangor Police Department released surveillance footage of a suspect in an armed robbery early Monday at the Big Apple convenience store on State Street.

BANGOR, Maine — Police are investigating leads in the armed robbery early Monday at the Big Apple convenience store on State Street, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday.

No arrest had been made as of 11 a.m., he said, but “we did get at least one hit from the tip line. We’re still working leads.”

No arrest had been made as of 11 a.m., he said, but “we did get at least one hit from the tip line. We’re still working leads.”

The 22-year-old store clerk called police at around 4:45 a.m. to report that a teenage or slightly older man with black, scruffy facial hair walked into the store at 146 State St. with a firearm and demanded money, he said.

The robber didn’t aim the gun at the clerk; instead “he kind of showed it to her,” the sergeant said.

The female clerk apparently was unsure about what to do after the armed robbery and first called her manager, which delayed the arrival of police, Edwards said.

The robber is described as “possibly Hispanic or [of] Middle Eastern heritage with very dark eyebrows and hair,” Edwards said Monday. The clerk reported that the man smoked a cigarette outside the empty store before he entered to pull off the robbery and was wearing a dark, puffy hooded ski jacket, a dark gray hooded sweat shirt, and dark pants.

He covered his face with a black bandanna decorated with a white design.

Police did not say what type of firearm was used or how much money was taken, but Edwards said it was “not a lot.”

After the robbery, the man, who also was carrying a dark backpack with gray straps and decorated with white tubing, left on foot walking toward the downtown, he said.

Police are asking those who have information about the case to call Detective Dave Bushey at 947-7382. The department’s anonymous tip line can be reached by pressing ext. 6.

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