Dogs lead police through Gardiner woods to robbery suspect, police say

Posted Aug. 21, 2014, at 9:48 p.m.

GARDINER, Maine — Dog handlers led a manhunt through a wooded area near Harrison Avenue to a local man charged Thursday night with robbing a nearby Rite-Aid pharmacy earlier in the day. No injuries were reported, police said.

Jesse N. Mansir, 31, of Gardiner, was charged with Class B robbery after surrendering to police at about 7:10 p.m. He was being held at Kennebec County jail on $50,060 bail late Thursday, a jail spokeswoman said.

Police identified Mansir as the suspect who entered the Spring Street store at about 10:35 a.m. and handed a pharmacy technician a note demanding prescription drugs, Police Chief James Toman said.

The suspect made reference to but did not display a gun before leaving the store with an undisclosed amount of drugs. He was described as wearing a black zip-up hooded sweatshirt and navy blue cargo pants.

Search teams totaling 15 officers and two police-trained dogs were in the woods near Harrison Avenue for at about 5 p.m., when they received a tip about the man they were searching Mansir surrendered without resistance, police said.

A court date for Mansir was not available Thursday night, the spokeswoman said.

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