AUBURN — A New Gloucester man took “no” for an answer when he tried to rob a local convenience store in May, according to a police report.

Michael Cormier, 19, of 233 Intervale Road walked into the Circle K store at 1813 Washington St. on May 22 around midnight wearing a black ski mask, according to a police report in court files.

He walked around inside the store with the mask on before eventually approaching the counter clerk. He told the clerk to give him money and said he was armed. He kept one hand inside the pocket of a blue sweatshirt, according to a sworn statement by officer Gregory Pealatere.

The clerk refused, telling him she wasn’t going to give him any money and ordered him to leave the store. So he did, according to Pealatere’s statement.

Cormier left the store with a 21-year-old woman who had entered the store around the same time and stood next to him while he attempted to rob the store. The couple climbed into a white Toyota sedan and drove northbound on Washington Street, with the woman behind the wheel, Pealatere wrote.

The clerk called police and the store’s manager to report the incident. The manager made surveillance video available to police.

A customer at the store also described for police the two suspects and their actions.

Meanwhile, an officer responding to the scene passed a car on Washington Street fitting the description of the car and pulled it over.

Cormier told a police detective that he had attempted to rob the store and had been carrying a large concealed knife, according to police.

An Androscoggin County grand jury indicted Cormier on Tuesday on a count of robbery, punishable by up to 10 years in prison. He also was charged with violation of condition of release, a misdemeanor.

While he was free on bail after his arrest in May, Cormier was charged with operating under the influence. His bail was revoked, but he was granted new bail with conditions that include no possession of alcohol and a curfew under a supervising agency.

His arraignment is scheduled for September in 8th District Court in Lewiston.

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