June 18, 2018
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Police release surveillance photos of Big Apple robbery suspect

By Jamison Cocklin, Special to the BDN

BANGOR, Maine — With no new leads in the armed robbery that reportedly took place early Monday at the Big Apple convenience store on State Street, police have released two obscured photos taken from surveillance cameras inside the store.

Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said the investigation is ongoing and after a “processing nightmare” police were able to obtain still photos from store cameras. Edwards said police had tried earlier to release the images to the public for help identifying the suspect but they had technical problems acquiring the photos from the convenience store.

At around 4:45 a.m. Monday, according to Edwards, a man described as “possibly Hispanic or of Middle Eastern heritage with very dark eyebrows and hair” entered the Big Apple with a black-and-white bandanna covering his face. He then “displayed a firearm in a nonthreatening manner” while demanding money from the store clerk, Edwards said.

After making off with an undisclosed amount of money, the suspect fled toward the downtown area on foot and has yet to be apprehended.

Edwards said the images were taken from video surveillance cameras inside the store. They show the suspect without a bandanna on his face outside of the Big Apple, where he was said to be smoking a cigarette just before the robbery.

Edwards said the cameras took the footage through the store’s window and as a result the pictures appear unclear.

A 22-year-old store clerk, who was uninjured during the robbery, told police the suspect was wearing a dark, puffy hooded ski jacket, a dark gray hooded sweat shirt and dark pants.

Anyone who can identify the suspect in the images or who has any information on the robbery is asked to contact Detective Dave Bushey at 947-7382. The Bangor Police Department’s anonymous tip line can be reached by pressing ext. 6.

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