WATERVILLE — A man robbed a city convenience store this past weekend, fled the state and remains on the loose, police said Thursday.

The man forced his way into the Mobil On-the-Run gas station convenience store at 94 Pleasant St. at 5:47 a.m. Saturday while the manager was preparing to open the store, according to Detective Sgt. Lincoln Ryder.

Detective Dave Caron identified the man as Emmanual Hurtado, 25, who had been living in Waterville. Ryder said he was identified partially because he was “known to us” and the police have had “multiple contacts” with him previously.

Hurtado allegedly stole merchandise and an undisclosed amount of cash from the store before fleeing on foot, Ryder said. He did not show a weapon or threaten the store manager.

Maine State Police used a dog to track Hurtado but couldn’t find him, Ryder said. Police now think he has fled out of the state, though they don’t know where.

Hurtado is wanted on a warrant for class A robbery, a felony punishable by up to 30 years in jail and a fine of up to $50,000.

People with further information about the incident or Hurtado’s whereabouts are encouraged to call the Waterville Police Department at 680-4700 and ask for Caron.

Madeline St. Amour — 861-9239

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