June 22, 2018
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Bangor police looking for male suspect in convenience store robbery

Nok-Noi Ricker | BDN
Nok-Noi Ricker | BDN
Bangor police respond to a reported robbery at Luttrell's Corner Mini-Mart, located at the corner of Union and 14th streets
By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BANGOR, Maine — Bangor police are looking for a man who robbed the Luttrell’s Corner Mini-Mart at gunpoint Tuesday afternoon, Lt. Steve Hunt said from the robbery scene.

The suspect, described as around 6 feet tall, in his 20s and wearing what appeared to be a black Hannaford jacket, robbed the store at about 2:10 p.m., the lieutenant said.

“He walked in and tossed a paper bag — not a new one, a used paper bag — across the counter, and said, ‘Money in the bag,’” said Brent Alley, a store manager who was behind the counter. “I didn’t say this, but in my mind I said, ‘I guess we’re going to do this.’ I got up off my stool and took the paper bag and put money in it.”

The man displayed a black handgun with a clip, said Alley, who added he knows “nothing about guns.”

“Police think it might have been a Glock,” he said.

When the man thought the paper bag was full enough, he grabbed it out of Alley’s hands and left the store, located at 554 Union St.

“I won’t even know until tomorrow for sure” how much money was taken, said Alley, who has been an employee for nearly a decade.

Police think the armed man got into a gray PT Cruiser-type vehicle after leaving the mini-mart, which is located at the corner of Union and Fourteenth streets. The vehicle was last seen headed west on Fourteenth.

Police arrived quickly to the scene and had a canine unit searching for the robber. They also took video surveillance camera images from the store, Alley said.

The mini-mart was closed for approximately one hour, he said. Afterward, regular customers and others entered the store trying to get the story about what happened.

“I pretty much have been telling them pretty much what I just told you,” said Alley, who admitted around 4:30 p.m. that he still had a “couple butterflies, but nothing major.”

“This is the first time the store has been robbed and they’ve been here close to 20 years,” the longtime employee said.

As of 4:45 p.m., Bangor police had not arrested anyone in connection with the robbery, Lt. Tom Reagan said.

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