Cops seek public’s help to identify thief

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AUBURN – Police are searching for a man accused of snatching cash from registers at two Auburn stores and hope a surveillance video will help.

Police said that on Saturday night, the man committed the bold thefts at the Hannaford on Spring Street and then the Rite-Aid Pharmacy on Union Street.

In both cases, the man walked up to a store counter and laid down items for purchase, police said.

When the cashier opened the register drawer the man reached into the drawer, grabbed cash and then fled.

No weapon was displayed in the heists. Store clerks reported the thefts, but when police arrived in both cases, there was no sign of the suspect.

While investigating the heist, police obtained footage from a surveillance camera at Hannaford.

A man believed to be the suspect is seen walking into the store during 10 seconds of video footage.

The man as described by witnesses and seen in the surveillance images appears to be in his mid-20s, roughly 5 feet, 7 inches tall and about 180 pounds.

He has close-cut black hair and a thin goatee.

Police said witnesses also described him as having acne scarring on his face, and wearing a thin, dark jacket.

The surveillance video shows the suspect wearing a blue North Face jacket with black trim.

The jacket has a white logo on the front and back of the jacket. The suspect in the Hannaford video is believed to be the same one who committed the Rite-Aid theft, police said.

Police are asking that anyone who recognizes the suspect contact Detective Jason Moore at 786-2866 or jmoore@ci.auburn.me.us.

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