CANAAN – Police on Wednesday issued an arrest warrant for a Canaan man in connection with the robbery last week of a local convenience store and gas station. The same Route 2 business was robbed by a different man armed with a knife early Wednesday.
Lt. Carl Gottardi of the Somerset County Sheriff’s Department said Timothy Greenaway, 21, of Hartland Road in Canaan, is being sought in connection with the first robbery at the Canaan Country Store on April 11, during which he allegedly brandished a firearm and fled with an undetermined amount of money. Greenaway is also a fugitive from Massachusetts, where he faces an active arrest warrant for armed robbery.
Gottardi said Greenaway is believed to be in possession of a stolen 1994 Isuzu Rodeo, brown, bearing Massachusetts plates 64EM80. A search warrant executed at Greenaway’s home earlier this week produced evidence linking him to the armed robbery of the Canaan store as well as another crime, said Gottardi, who would not detail that evidence.
Greenaway is described as 5 feet 2 inches tall, 120 pounds, brown hair and green eyes.
Meanwhile, police are searching for another man who entered the store about 1 a.m. Wednesday and fled with cash.
Stephen Comfort, owner of the Canaan Country Store, said that he had always believed that being open 24 hours was a deterrent to some of the crime he watched happening on Route 2.
“There have been a whole string of break-ins,” he said. “The Purple Cow [restaurant], Country Car Sales, the store in Palmyra. The Hill Road store closed two months ago after being burglarized nine times. He put up bars and everything and it didn’t make a difference.”
Two clerks and a security camera apparently didn’t make a difference early Wednesday to a lone male who entered the store and demanded cash. “When he has his hood pulled up over his head and a mask on his face, the camera isn’t going to do a bit of good,” Comfort said. Although he apparently did not brandish it, the store clerk saw a knife on the robber’s hip.
The owner said he just couldn’t believe it when he was called to the store Wednesday about 1 a.m. The store was robbed in a similar fashion on Tuesday, April 11, also around 1 a.m.
The clerk that experienced the first robbery “had enough” said Comfort and gave her notice. She was in the store during the second robbery, however, because she was training a new clerk.
“A lot of people in this community are really mad,” Comfort said. “They feel violated.”
The Somerset County Communications’ Center call log shows the call for help coming in at 1:08 a.m. Wednesday.
The store clerk described the robber as carrying a knife on his belt, being about 5 feet, 6 inches tall and in his early 20s. He was very arrogant and calm, she reported, and was definitely not the same man that robbed her a week earlier.
She told police he was wearing white socks on his hands, a gray sweat shirt and jeans. The clerk also stated that when she started to dial 911, the robber walked toward her and she hung up. Neither the clerk nor her trainee were injured.
Deputies were dispatched to the store and police in Fairfield, Pittsfield, Skowhegan and the state police were notified to be on the lookout for a white car, possibly a Cavalier or Sunbird, which the clerk said had been parked nearby at the Purple Cow Restaurant.
“Short of posting armed guards here, what am I supposed to do?” asked Comfort. He said he hoped that the county and state would beef up patrols in the area.
Gottardi said anyone with information about Greenaway’s whereabouts is asked to contact any Maine law enforcement agency or the county’s confidential tip line at 474-0230.