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Store clerk foils latest Old Orchard Beach armed robbery attempt

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Moby Dick Variety in Old Orchard Beach
By CBS 13
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OLD ORCHARD BEACH — Police on Wednesday investigated another armed robbery, this time at the Moby Dick Variety Store on East Grand Avenue.

This is the latest in a string of armed robberies that have hit southern Maine during the past few weeks. Officials say the suspect in Wednesday’s incident matches the description offered by victims of other armed robberies in the area.

Police told WGME that the suspect was wearing dark clothing and that he had a handgun.

The suspect entered the store and demanded money from a man working behind the store’s counter. The clerk grabbed a billy club which he waved at the suspect, who took off running down the street, according to WGME.

[Police investigate ninth southern Maine robbery in just over week]

Police said they consider the incident an “armed robbery” even though the suspect didn’t get away with any cash. Both Falmouth and Portland police responded to the reported robbery.

Investigators said they don’t recommend threatening the armed robbery suspect.

“It’s probably an unwise and it could be fairly dangerous to do that,” said Old Orchard Beach Police Chief Dana Kelly.

The FBI has released a video compilation of the recent armed robberies, which have included several businesses across York and Cumberland counties.

This weekend, the FBI released a surveillance video compilation from the recent string of armed robberies. Sort of a 'commercial', if you will; in order to help us identify the suspect. For those of you that have not seen it on other media outlets, here it is.

Posted by South Portland (Maine) Police Department on Monday, April 2, 2018

Old Orchard Beach police ask anyone with information about the suspect to call them at 934-4911.

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