Brewer police seeking information on strong-arm robbery

By Dawn Gagnon, BDN Staff
Posted Aug. 09, 2011, at 10:01 p.m.

BREWER, Maine — Brewer police are looking for information about a strong-arm robbery that occurred over the weekend at a residence in the Sherwood Forest neighborhood off Parkway South.

The robbery happened about 2 a.m. on Sunday, when a local business owner was attacked by an unknown man as he was entering his home, Brewer police Detective Sgt. Jay Munson said Tuesday.

The robber used force to take an undisclosed amount of cash from the victim and then fled on foot, Munson said.

Brewer police and a Maine State Police tracking dog team searched the South Brewer area until sunrise but were not able to locate the suspect, who remained on the lam Tuesday, he said.

According to Munson, city police believe the victim was specifically targeted by the suspect and the robbery was not a random crime.

Though a description of the robber was not available, Munson said police are seeking information from people in the area who may have seen suspicious vehicles or pedestrians in the area — including pedestrians who may have been picked up and given a ride — between 2 and 6 a.m. Sunday.

“Basically we’re looking for someone who may have been seen walking around the area or who may have been picked up by somebody driving a vehicle,” he said.

The areas of interest include all of Sherwood Forest neighborhood extending to Greenwood Drive as well as the Parkway South and Pendleton Street areas extending to South Main Street, Munson said.

The area includes a residential neighborhood as well as thick woods, railroad tracks and a recreational trail that could have been used as an escape route. It also is down the street from the city’s public safety complex and is close to Interstate 395 and Brewer’s Wilson Street commercial corridor.

Though Munson said police have some ideas about the suspect’s direction of travel, that information was not being released Tuesday.

Anyone who may have information about Sunday’s robbery is urged to call Munson at 989-7001.

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