Fairfield police are following up several leads they have received in a case involving an attempted robbery early Friday at Cumberland Farms on Main Street.

Police are asking anyone who has seen a red and black Champions-brand jacket worn by the robber — or anyone wearing such a jacket — to call them at 453-9322, according to Sgt. Paul St. Amand.

The would-be robber did not get any money in the incident, which occurred at 1:54 a.m. Friday, but he walked away with a package of cigarettes, according to police.

St. Amand said Monday that the attempted robber is described as being 6 feet tall with a slim build, dark hair and goatee. The store clerk said he may be Hispanic, according to St. Amand.

The jacket the man was wearing is black with red sleeves and has a “Champions” emblem on the left breast, he said. “Champions” in red letters also appears on the back of the jacket, he said. The man was wearing a hoodie over a dark-colored baseball cap.

The store clerk told police the robber had his hand in his jacket pocket, which was extended as if there was a gun inside, but he did not actually display a weapon, St. Amand said.

“He had his right hand in his pocket the entire time,” St. Amand said. “He told the clerk that he didn’t want to hurt her. He told her, this is a robbery and turn over all the money. She tried to get the drawer open, but she could not. A customer pulled up to pump gas and at that point, he (attempted robber) decided it was time to leave and walked off.”

The gas customer never went into the store but followed the robber after the clerk emerged from the store and told him what had happened, according to St. Amand.

“He followed him all the way to Newhall Street,” he said. “He said the guy walked the entire time.”

The would-be robber walked a couple of hundred yards up Lawrence Avenue past the fire station and across the railroad tracks, and then turned right onto Newhall Street and disappeared between two buildings, according to St. Amand. He said police went online and found a photograph of a jacket just like the one the robber wore and posted it on the Fairfield Police Department’s Facebook page, asking people to call police if they see such a jacket or someone wearing one.

“What we’re doing is hoping someone will recognize the jacket and call us with some information,” he said.

Waterville and Oakland police helped Fairfield officers at the scene early Friday.

Waterville Deputy police Chief Charles Rumsey said Monday that Waterville officers made one traffic stop and spoke to a pedestrian shortly after the incident, but neither was related to the attempted robbery. A perimeter of police officers was set up in the neighborhood around the crime scene in an effort to corner the suspect, and a police dog was used in an effort to track the man.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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Twitter: @AmyCalder17

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