June 23, 2018
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Presque Isle theft cases still under investigation

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — City Police officers are still investigating a robbery and a burglary that occurred on Main Street in the Star City in the past few weeks.

A robbery occurred in April at the Budget Traveler Hotel, and a burglary took place May 29 at a Daigle Oil Co. gas station.

Presque Isle police officers were called to the hotel at 71 Main St. shortly after the 3 a.m. robbery, which occurred on April 3.

According to police, two men dressed entirely in black and wearing ski masks entered the lobby of the hotel, pointed a gun at the night clerk and demanded all the money in the cash register.

The two then ran off with an undisclosed amount of cash, and the clerk immediately called 911 to report the incident.

A search of the area failed to turn up the suspects, and the department called in Officer Kevin Schumacher and his bloodhound, Hunter, to join the search.

Presque Isle police Sgt. Mark Barnes and Officers Peter Johnson and Kevin Reed were joined in the search by state Trooper Dan Deschaine and members of the U.S. Border Patrol.

Police said evidence was collected at the scene.

Presque Isle Police Chief Naldo Gagnon said Tuesday afternoon that the crime remains unsolved, but police continue to investigate the case and have some leads.

The robbery at the gas station owned by Daigle Oil Co. occurred about 10 p.m. May 29, when a female employee was cashing out for the day.

The employee was in her office with her back to the door when two men entered the building. The employee had not yet locked the gas station door, according to police.

The two men had nylon stockings over their heads and were dressed completely in black. The female employee told police that one of the men had a gun tucked into the waistband of his pants.

The men demanded money and ran out of the store as soon as the employee gave them what money she had.

They escaped with an undisclosed amount of cash,

Officers Peter Johnson, Cole Chandler and Lynn Hartley of the Presque Isle Police Department, as well as Schumacher and the bloodhound, searched the area, but did not locate the suspects.

The department continues to investigate the case, but no arrests had been made as of Tuesday, according to police.

Anyone with information on the crimes is asked to call the Police Department at 764-4476.

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