By Joseph Cyr
HOULTON — A Houlton man was arrested Sunday in connection with an early morning robbery at the Circle K store on 3 Military St. after the suspect reportedly flashed a piece of identification during the alleged crime.
Houlton Police Chief Joe McKenna said Monday that Daniel Vose, 31, was arrested without incident at 11 a.m. Sunday following an investigation that included assistance from the Maine State Police K-9 unit.
The Circle K employee, who was working alone at the time of the incident, alerted police to the robbery shortly after it happened at 1:01 a.m. The Circle K store is open 24 hours a day. The employee described the assailant as a white male with a beard wearing a hooded sweatshirt and ball cap.
McKenna said the individual entered the store and demanded money and cigarettes. No weapon was believed to have been shown during the incident. An undetermined amount of money was taken from the store, along with six cartons of cigarettes estimated to cost about $600.
“During the robbery, at some point the individual opened his wallet,” McKenna said. “The clerk was able to glimpse the suspect’s food stamps card and saw the name Vose on the card.”
The state police K-9 unit attempted to track the suspect from the store, but lost the scent in a residential neighborhood.
Based on the last name viewed on the individual’s wallet, officers began searching for Vose, who was known to police. Video surveillance at the store captured the incident and Detective Steve Nason believed the subject in the footage to be Vose.
Police went to his last known place of residence on High Street and were informed that he was not there. Vose was later located at a residence on Military Street and was positively identified by the store clerk in a police lineup.
Some of the stolen property was recovered, Chief McKenna said. Sgt. Eric Crouse conducted the investigation. Vose was taken to the Aroostook County Jail, where he remained as of Monday afternoon. He was charged with robbery and violation of bail conditions.