LEWISTON — Police swarmed the area around Lisbon Street Wednesday night after a Big Apple clerk reported he was robbed by a masked man with a knife.
For an hour after the 8:30 p.m. heist, officers followed a tracking down from outer Lisbon Street into the downtown in search of the suspect. Later Wednesday night, the hunt was still on.
At the Big Apple at 1198 Lisbon St., a clerk said he was confronted by a man in a dark hooded sweatshirt with a bandana over his face and armed with a folding knife. The man ordered him to open the cash drawer and hand over the money, the clerk told police.
Within minutes, several officers were on the scene. The store was locked up and police interviewed potential witnesses who were at the store at the time of the robbery.
A tracking dog from the Lisbon Police Department was sent to Lewiston and almost immediately picked up a scent. The dog led its handler over a hill and into the communities between Lisbon and Pleasant streets.
The dog led officers to Avalon Street and later followed the scent along Pleasant Street, toward the downtown. Two Lewiston police officers joined the dog and its handler as the pursuit led them onto Bartlett Street.
At about 9:15 p.m., the dog led the officers to a massive tenement at 193 Bartlett St., near the corner of Birch Street. Police searched a vacant apartment on the fourth floor and other parts of the building before the search moved back outside.
While several officers continue to search downtown, others were at the Big Apple reviewing video surveillance footage of the heist. The investigation was continuing late Wednesday night.
It was the second Big Apple to be robbed over the past week. Last Thursday, Feb. 25, the Big Apple further out on Lisbon Road was robbed by a man brandishing a steak knife, police said. That suspect remained at large by late Wednesday.