Augusta police are searching for a couple responsible for holding up a Chapel Street business Tuesday morning.

Augusta police Lt. Christopher Massey said an unidentified man and woman robbed Grondin’s Certified Cleaners around 11:30 a.m. Tuesday.

Nobody was hurt in the holdup, Massey said.

The couple ran away from the store with an undisclosed sum of money.

Massey said use of a weapon was threatened during the robbery, but none was displayed.

Massey said the woman was in her early 20s and about 5 feet 1 inch tall, with a thin build. She had long, straight, black hair and wore a blue hoodie and blue jeans.

The man, also in his 20s, was about 5 feet 8 inches tall with a medium build. He was wearing a brown, short-sleeve, button-up shirt and tan cargo shorts. He had long curly hair that he repeatedly had to sweep from his eyes, Massey said.

The pair entered the store Tuesday morning and talked to the female employee about the store’s services. The man and woman left together, Massey said, but the woman returned and handed a note to the employee. Massey said the note “threatened the employee with violence” if she did not hand over the store’s money.

“There was an exchange of words between the suspect female and the employee,” Massey said.

The employee gave the woman the store’s money and the robber fled the store, then met up with the man who had been with her earlier, Massey said. The man had waited for the woman outside during the robbery.

The pair ran north toward Winthrop Street.

“Neither was located after an extensive search,” Massey said.

Officers responded to the call within a few minutes, Massey said. He said the pair probably ducked into a house to hide or sped away in a car.

Massey said the pair probably lingered in the area before the robbery. He asked anyone who saw a couple matching the description in the area, or anyone with any additional information, to call Augusta police Detective Jesse Brann at 626-2370, ext. 3412.

Craig Crosby — 621-5642

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