ELLSWORTH — An unidentified man interrupted the routine at the customer-service desk at Shop ‘n Save Wednesday when he passed the clerk a note that said he had a gun and wanted her to empty the cash drawer. Police said the robber made off with nearly $1,000.
At 9:35 a.m., the clerk, who was not identified by police, was alone at the customer-service counter when she was approached by a white male. The suspect was the only customer at the counter when he handed her a hand-printed note that said, “Give me your cash, I have a gun,” said Lt. John DeLeo of the Ellsworth Police Department.
Officer Leigh Guildford said, “No weapon was shown.” DeLeo said that although the clerk did not see a gun, the suspect kept his right hand inside his pocket.
While the clerk was removing the cash from the drawer, DeLeo said, she noticed that the note had been removed from the counter. “Presumably he took the note back,” he said.
The suspect then told the clerk, “Don’t do anything until I leave.” The lieutenant said the suspect then walked toward the large double doors at the front of the store and disappeared.
DeLeo said police did not know if the suspect left the area in a vehicle or on foot. “We spoke to some people who were in the parking lot. They saw the person but didn’t recall anything. There probably was nothing to distinguish him from any other shopper. He didn’t run out of the store or anything like that,” he said.
DeLeo said the last armed robbery in Ellsworth occurred at a local store nearly eight years ago.
At around 10 a.m. Wednesday, except for a few police officers, it appeared that most customers were not aware that an armed robbery had taken place.
Late Wednesday, Guildford said, a man in East Holden who had seen a report of the robbery on television, called police with information about a vehicle that was traveling erratically on Route 1A. He said the man saw a vehicle traveling northbound toward Bangor at a high rate of speed and forcing other vehicles off the road. He said there was a male driver and a female passenger. Police were looking for a 1990-93 light blue, late model sedan with Virginia plates.
An artist from the Maine State Police worked with the clerk to produce a sketch of the suspect. The suspect is described as a white male, about 30 years old, 6 feet 2 inches tall, wearing a teal green ski jacket and a purple fleece hat that was tied under his chin. DeLeo said the man had dark hair, brown eyes and was cleanshaven. He described him as thin with a medium complexion.