FAIRFIELD CENTER — A male who robbed the Big Apple convenience store shortly after midnight Thursday fled with an undisclosed amount of money.

A white male in his late 20s, described as 5-foot-8-inches to 6-feet tall, and weighing 250 to 300 pounds, entered the store on Norridgewock Road and, according to police, announced he was robbing the store and demanded money from the safe.

The robber had a goatee and wore sunglasses, a gray fleece jacket over a maroon hooded sweatshirt and khaki pants.

The man did not display a weapon but Fairfield police Chief John Emery said surveillance video showed he was holding an object in his hand. Emery said it was not clear if the object was a weapon.

Emery said the female clerk told the robber that the store did not have a safe, then he demanded money from the cash register. The clerk gave the male cash and he ran out of the store, which is open 24 hours a day.

The clerk was not injured and Emery said and no one else entered the store when the robbery was in progress.

The clerk called police at 12:06 a.m. and Chief Emery said Fairfield police were at the store in four minutes.

Officers from Fairfield, the Somerset County Sheriff’s Office and Maine State Police responded to the scene. Emery said Maine State Police Trooper Rick Moody and his K-9 tracked a scent to a nearby private driveway, where it is believed the robber got into a vehicle.

The same Big Apple store was robbed in April 2010.

In that robbery, a female cashier was alone when a man, brandishing a small, semi-automatic silver handgun, walked into the store and demanded money from cash drawer. The cashier described the suspect as a slender young man wearing a black-hooded sweatshirt and a ski mask

Police said the man escaped on foot with an undisclosed amount of money. A Kennebec County K-9 team tracked the suspect to the parking lot of a nearby apartment complex and police searched for a silver or tan Ford F-250 pickup truck with a yellow four-wheeler in the back. Chief Emery said no arrests have been made in that case.

The Fairfield Police Department requested that anyone with information about Thursday’s robbery or the identity of the person in the surveillance photos to call 453-9321.

Beth Staples — 861-9252
[email protected]


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