Bangor police seek man who robbed Big Apple store

Posted April 04, 2011, at 10:16 a.m.
Last modified April 04, 2011, at 2:36 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — Police are searching for an armed man who robbed the Big Apple convenience store on State Street early Monday and are asking for the public’s help in identifying him, Bangor police Sgt. Paul Edwards said.

A 22-year-old store clerk called police at around 4:45 a.m. to report that a teenage or slightly older man with black, scruffy facial hair walked into the store at 146 State St. with a firearm and demanded money, he said.

The man is described as “possibly Hispanic or Middle Eastern heritage with very dark eyebrows and hair,” the sergeant said, and was wearing a dark, puffy hooded ski jacket, a dark gray hooded sweat shirt, and dark pants.

He covered his face with a black bandanna decorated with a white design.

The lone female clerk reported that the robber smoked a cigarette outside the empty store before he entered to pull off the robbery, Edwards said.

He “displayed a firearm in a nonthreatening manner” while demanding the money, the sergeant said. “He kind of showed it to her.”

The man also was carrying a dark backpack with gray straps, decorated with white tubing.

After the robbery, “he took off towards downtown on foot,” Edwards said.

Police did not say what type of firearm was used or how much money was taken, but Edwards said it was “not a lot.”

The clerk was not injured in the robbery, Edwards said.

“She seems to be fine,” the sergeant said. “She gave a really good description.”

No video surveillance images had been released as of 1:15 p.m. Monday, but “we are working on that right now,” Edwards said. “There may be one later.”

There has been a reported robbery at the convenience store every year for the last five years, but the reported robbery in 2007 was unfounded, he said.

Police posted information about the robbery on the department’s Facebook page and are asking those who have information about the case to call Detective Dave Bushey at 947-7382. The department’s anonymous tip line can be reached by pressing ext. 6.

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