MARS HILL, Maine— A 26-year-old local man will be arraigned Friday in connection with the robbery of a Mars Hill convenience store and the theft of goods from another store on Wednesday evening, Sgt. Forrest Dudley of the Aroostook County Sheriff’s Department said Thursday.
Ralph Levesque remained at the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton Thursday afternoon, unable to make bail. He has been charged with robbery and theft in connection with the armed robbery of the Mars Hill One Stop at approximately 6 p.m. on Wednesday, and theft and violation of conditions of release in connection with his alleged stealing of cigarettes and beer from the Mars Hill Circle K earlier that day. Dudley said that the violation of conditions of release charge stems from the fact that Levesque had a warrant out for his arrest stemming from an earlier charge of operating after suspension in Lincoln District Court.
Dudley said that he could not reveal what weapon Levesque brandished at the Mars Hill One Stop, but said that it has not yet been recovered. He said that he did not believe that there were any customers in the store when Levesque robbed it.
The sergeant said he could not reveal how much cash was stolen.
“He just ran in and demanded that she give him the money and ran out,” he said.
Dudley said that with the assistance of the Maine State Police and U.S. Border Patrol agents, it only took about an hour to find Levesque. He was located walking on Wednesday night on Chandler Road in Blaine.
The case remains under investigation.