Mexico Police look to public for help capturing robbery suspect


MEXICO — Police in Mexico are looking to the public for help tracking down a suspect who pulled a gun on a convenience store clerk during an early morning armed robbery Sunday.

“This clerk was all alone. The man told her to give him the money and that he didn’t want to hurt anybody,” said Chief James Theriault of the Mexico Police Department.

Theriault said that the armed robbery occurred about 6:20 a.m. at the Mexico One Stop on Harlow Road. He said that the clerk had been at the store since about 5:30 a.m. and had just opened the business at 6 a.m. Theriault said the woman reported that the suspect — a white male,  5 feet, 10 inches to 5 feet, 11 inches tall, weighing between 140 and 160 pounds — entered the store with what appeared to be a 9-mm gun in his right hand.

Theriault said the clerk gave the suspect all the money in the store’s cash register. The suspect made off with about $200 cash and was last seen running west on nearby Gleason Street. A canine unit from the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office was called in to help investigator’s track the suspect. The trained dog was able to track the suspect down Gleason Street, but then lost the man’s scent.

Theriault said the clerk told investigators that the man was wearing a dark blue hooded sweatshirt, gray sweatpants, white sneakers and a dark scarf around his neck that covered much of his face. He said that the store’s owner, Gary Collins, recently updated his surveillance equipment and that authorities were able to pull photos from the video footage, but the scarf covering his face made it difficult to identify him.

Theriault said that about nine units responded to the scene, including officers from Mexico, the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office and the Maine State Police.

“This was totally out of the blue,” Theriault said of the robbery. “We had a lot of units there fairly soon after.”