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Three men charged in gas station armed robbery in Presque Isle

Posted June 03, 2011, at 12:29 p.m.
Last modified June 03, 2011, at 8:54 p.m.
Paul Hafford
Photo courtesy of Aroostook County Jail
Paul Hafford
Daniel Masters
Photo courtesy of Aroostook County Jail
Daniel Masters
Dennis Tardie
Photo courtesy of Aroostook County Jail
Dennis Tardie

PRESQUE ISLE — Police arrested three men Thursday in connection with an armed robbery of a local service station a little more than a year ago.

Daniel Masters, 23, of Westfield; Dennis Tardie, 23, of Mapleton; and Paul Hafford, 25, of Sheridan were charged with Class A robbery, Class B theft and Class B burglary, all felony charges. Hafford also was charged with civil possession of marijuana, according to a Presque Isle Police Department press release issued Friday.

Police said two of the men entered Daigle Oil Co. service station on Main Street on May 29, 2010, and robbed the store after allegedly showing the lone female clerk a handgun. The clerk was unharmed and the men escaped with approximately $550. The third man was believed to be waiting in a car.

The suspects were not found after an immediate investigation, but police reopened the cold case recently after information was developed that led to the issuance of the three arrest warrants for Masters, Tardie and Hafford on June 2.

The three men remained in Aroostook County Jail in Houlton Friday because none of them could meet bail of $15,000 cash or $75,000 surety. They are scheduled to appear in Caribou Superior Court on Aug. 18.

The men each face prison time not to exceed 40 years and a maximum fine of $50,000 on the Class A robbery charge; and prison not to exceed 10 years and a maximum fine of $20,000 on the Class B charges of theft and burglary. Police said the robbery charge was elevated to Class A because of the alleged use of a handgun.

Police said Friday the handgun allegedly used in the robbery was found during the course of the investigation.

Presque Isle Officers Peter Johnson and Kevin Reed and Detective Sgt. Wayne Selfridge investigated the incident. Maine State Police Trooper Fred Thomas, Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department Deputy Vance Palmer and Ashland Police Department Officer Corey Bouchard assisted with the arrests.

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