Lewiston police seek suspects in robberies


LEWISTON – Police released an array of surveillance photos and composite sketches this week in hope of tracking down suspects in a pair of store robberies.

The first stickup was early Friday morning when it was reported a man and a woman, both wearing scarves over their faces, held up a 7-Eleven clerk at knife point.

In that heist, the man asked for a pack of cigarettes and then pulled a knife as the clerk was ringing up the order, police said. When the cigarettes and an undisclosed amount of cash were handed over, the couple took off on foot.

On Wednesday, investigators released several photos from the 7-Eleven surveillance cameras. The photos show the suspects individually and as a couple walking out of the store.

By late Wednesday, no arrest had been made.

On Monday, the Rite-Aid on Main Street was targeted by a man who brandished no weapon but threatened violence while demanding OxyContin.

Witnesses described that suspect as in his mid-20s, roughly 6 feet tall and 125 pounds, clean-shaven and wearing a black, hooded sweatshirt.

Police said the man handed the pharmacy clerk a note saying that no one would get hurt if they handed over the prescription drugs. Once the suspect had the OxyContin, he left on foot, police said.

Investigators working with witnesses prepared a composite sketch of that suspect and released it to the press on Wednesday. Anyone with information about any of the suspects is asked to call Detective James Theiss at 513-3001, ext. 3322.

Meanwhile, Auburn police on Saturday caught and arrested a suspect accused of snatching a purse from a woman outside Hannaford on Spring Street. The department has not released information about the arrest.

According to an indictment, handed up Wednesday in Androscoggin County Superior Court, 22-year-old Samuel R. Landry was arrested in that incident on a charge of robbery.