ELLSWORTH, Maine — Police are reviewing surveillance tapes as part of the effort to catch the person who stole a cash register from the Craft Barn store earlier this week.

The thief struck just before 5 p.m. Monday, according to Lt. Harold Page of the Ellsworth.

“There were three people in the store at the time, and the owner was working with them at the back of the store,” Page said Wednesday. “The cash register is at the front of the store, close to the front door. There’s no security system there.”

It appears that the thief may have tried and failed to unplug the cash register, and then used a pair of scissors to cut the power cord, Page said.

“He may have gotten a shock, because we found burn marks on the scissors,” he said.

The owner never saw the thief and police have no description yet of the suspect. Although there are no security cameras in the store, several nearby stores do have surveillance cameras. Page said police are reviewing tapes from those cameras to see if they could help in identifying the suspect.

The cash register is worth $500 and contained about $200 in cash at the time of the theft.

Anyone with information about the crime may contact the Ellsworth Police Department at 667-2168.