June 21, 2018
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Masked man robs downtown Ellsworth store, police still searching for suspect

Mario Moretto | BDN
Mario Moretto | BDN
Ellsworth police officer and a police dog search the area around Mike's Country Store after an alleged robbery on Sunday afternoon.
By Mario Moretto, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Police are searching the downtown Ellsworth area for a suspect after a robbery at Mike’s Country Store.

According to police, the robbery took place around 2:25 p.m. By 3 p.m., the convenience store was closed, and Ellsworth officers and Maine State Police troopers were using police dogs to search the area for the alleged robber.

Sgt. Shawn Willey of the Ellsworth Police Department said a man — about 6 feet tall wearing blue jeans, white sneakers, a long-sleeved blue T-shirt and baseball cap — demanded cash. According to the store’s clerk, Willey said, the man was wearing a dirty white bandana over his face, as well as what appeared to be a dust mask, underneath the bandana.

The robber made off with an amount of money that police are not disclosing at this time.

From there, it’s still a bit of a mystery. Willey said police are unsure whether the man escaped by foot or in a vehicle. Police are reviewing security camera footage and Willey said “other evidence” was gathered at the scene.

Mike’s Country Store, at 90 Water St., is an Ellsworth institution, having opened in 1897 by the Povich family and been passed down through the generations.

Jody Colson, owner of Mike’s Country Store, said the business has been robbed once before, back in the 1980s, but this is the first time a clerk has been victimized since she took over the family business five years ago.

“He asked for money, and said that if he got it nobody would get hurt,” she said. “He didn’t threaten anyone with a weapon or anything.”

Although Mike’s had closed for the remainder of the day, Colson said the store would open as usual on Monday.

“They won’t scare me off,” she said.

Anyone with information about the robbery is urged to call Detective Dotty Small at the Ellsworth Police Department at 669-6614, Willey said. Callers may remain anonymous.

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