SOUTH PORTLAND — South Portland police have charged a Portland man with armed robbery after he allegedly threatened a sewing shop clerk with a hammer today.

Stephen Scala, 23, was arrested in Cape Elizabeth after he was pulled over in what police said was his getaway car. Scala allegedly fled after robbing Kim’s Alterations and was seen by witnesses getting into a nearby car.

Police pulled over the car a short time later and found evidence of the robbery in the car, police said. Scala was taken to Cumberland County Jail.

2:46 p.m.

South Portland police say a hammer-wielding man entered Kim’s Alterations at 427 Ocean St. at about 1:15 p.m. today and demanded money.

The man left with an undisclosed amount of money, got into a nearby car and drove off.

Maine Marine Patrol Officer Thomas Hale, who was driving in Cape Elizabeth, spotted a vehicle matching the description of the getaway car, and pulled it over at 300 Spurwink Ave.

Police took one man into custody. The man’s name and the charges against him have not been released.