Bangor police say Big Apple ‘robbery’ was an inside job

Posted May 24, 2011, at 10:05 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Police have charged two people, including a clerk, in connection with the April 4 robbery of the Big Apple gas station and convenience store on State Street.

Police now believe that the alleged robbery was an inside job.

Charged with misdemeanor theft and making a false report was Alicia McClure-Perkins, 22, of Mars Hill, who was working as a clerk in the store when the incident occurred, and 19-year-old Jay Carter of Bangor, who was charged with theft, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said Tuesday in a news release. Carter is described as McClure-Perkins’ accomplice.

The charges stem from a report of a robbery at the Big Apple about 4:30 a.m. April 4. In a news release issued shortly afterward, Edwards said that a clerk had called police to report that a teenage or slightly older man with black, scruffy facial hair walked into the store with a firearm and demanded money.

The man was alleged to have left the store on foot and headed toward downtown Bangor after the robbery. Police did not say how much money was taken, but Edwards said it was “not a lot.”

Edwards also said at the time that the clerk apparently was unsure about what to do after the alleged armed robbery and first called her manager, which delayed the arrival of police, he said.

Shortly afterward, Bangor police released a surveillance image showing the man suspected of committing the holdup.

According to Edwards, the two were identified as suspects as a result of an investigation by Detective Dave Bushey of the Bangor Police Department’s Criminal Investigations Division.

McClure-Perkins was summoned but not arrested. Carter is being held at Penobscot County Jail on a charge of bail violation and failure to appear in an unrelated matter, a jail official confirmed.

McClure-Perkins and Carter both are scheduled to appear at the Penobscot Judicial Center on June 15.

McClure-Perkins told investigators that the alleged robber smoked a cigarette outside the store before he came in. She also said he wore a black bandanna decorated with a white design over his face and a dark, puffy hooded ski jacket, a dark gray hooded sweat shirt, and dark pants.

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