AUBURN — Police are searching for a man who robbed an Auburn store Sunday night at knifepoint, the second such robbery in Lewiston-Auburn in less than two weeks.

At about 8:40 p.m. Sunday, a man walked into Gowell’s Variety at 121 Hampshire St. in Auburn, waved a knife at the clerk and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash and a carton of cigarettes, fleeing toward Willow Street, Auburn police Lt. Timothy Cougle said Monday.

The robbery follows a similar event that happened Dec. 30 at the Gulf station and convenience store at 515 Lisbon St. in Lewiston. In that case, a man wearing a green, paint-splattered hoodie walked in, waved a knife with a roughly foot-long blade and took about $1,500 in cash.

Cougle said there may be a connection between the robberies, but it’s uncertain for now.

The suspect is described as a white male with dark eyes, 5 feet, 7 inches tall, weighing approximately 150 to 160 pounds. The suspect was last seen wearing a dark-colored hooded sweatshirt with the hood drawn tightly around his face.

Cougle said the case remains under investigation. There are no surveillance photos available at this time.

Anyone with information is asked to contact Detective Chad Syphers at 333-6650, ext. 2069.

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