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

Jesse N. Mansir, 31, of Gardiner
Gardiner Police Department
Jesse N. Mansir, 31, of Gardiner
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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