BANGOR, Maine — A man concealed three DVDs while shopping Monday afternoon at Target, then punched a store security officer who tried to stop him when he fled from the store, making the simple theft a felony robbery, police said.
“This case is elevated in seriousness to a class C felony due to the alleged act of theft combined with assault,” Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday.
The sergeant described the crime as “a DVD hit-and-run.”
Bangor police released two store video surveillance images that show the thief shopping in the electronics department of the Longview Drive retail store at around 4 p.m. Monday, and his getaway car, believed to be a purple Pontiac Sunfire, leaving the parking lot.
The robber is described as a white man of average height with medium-long brown hair that hangs in his face. He was wearing a black T-Shirt that reads, “Shadows Fall,” a dark hip-length jacket, and dark-colored jeans.
The store employee who was hit did not need medical attention, Edwards said.
If caught and convicted of felony robbery, the thief could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000.
Those with information about the incident may call Officer Joe Baillargeon at the Bangor Police Department at 947-7382, ext. 95777. The department’s anonymous tip line can be reached by pressing extension 6.