ELLSWORTH, Maine — Police are searching for a man who robbed an Ellsworth supermarket pharmacy Monday evening.

Lt. Harold Page of Ellsworth Police Department said Tuesday that the robbery occurred at Shaw’s around 5 p.m. Monday. A man whose face was partially covered with clothing handed a note to the pharmacist demanding pain medication.

Page said an employee working behind the counter gave the man some pills and then called police after the suspect ran out of the store. He said police are not disclosing what kind or amount of medication the suspect took.

The suspect ran around the back of the store and into the woods. Responding officers tracked him to a nearby apartment complex, where they believe he got into a car with a woman and drove off.

“We got video of the car from Union River Estates,” Page said.

Page said police believe the suspect had been in the store the day before, when he bought syringes from the same pharmacy employee. Police have store surveillance images of the man, both from Sunday’s visit and from Monday’s robbery, Page said.

The photos are posted on the department’s Facebook page. Other information posted on the page indicates the suspect is white with dark hair, thin build, over six feet tall and 18-24 years old.

The suspect never threatened violence but held his hand in his pocket as if he had a weapon, according to police. Page said the man did tell the clerk to hurry up.

Police have received tips and are pursuing leads, he said.

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Bill Trotter

A news reporter in coastal Maine for more than 20 years, Bill Trotter writes about how the Atlantic Ocean and the state's iconic coastline help to shape the lives of coastal Maine residents and visitors....