June 21, 2018
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Woman reports handing cash to men with gun in car at Maine Mall

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

SOUTH PORTLAND, Maine — A woman handed over five dollars to a group of young men who reportedly had a gun in their vehicle in a Maine Mall parking lot Sunday, and police are investigating the incident.

South Portland police Sgt. Adam Howard said the woman, a mall employee, was in the parking lot near the Sears garden center retrieving something from her vehicle when a red Ford Mustang with four men in it pulled up.

“One of them called out to her and said they needed 75 cents for the tolls,” Howard said.

The woman was on her phone at the time, and the man who asked for the money repeated his request, Howard said.

When the woman looked inside the Mustang, she saw one of the men handling what appeared to be a handgun, the sergeant said.

“She construed that to be a threat and gave them five dollars and they left,” Howard said.

The men are described as being in their late teens to early 20s, but police don’t have any other information on them, Howard said. The parking lot does have video surveillance, however.

“We are awaiting a further check of video from one of the stores at the mall,” Howard said.

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