Dakota Madore

BOWDOIN — A Monmouth man remained in jail Thursday in connection with the August robbery of the Bowdoin Country Store.

Dakota Madore, 22, appeared in West Bath District Court on Tuesday, where his bail was set at $50,000.

Surveillance video from the Aug. 25 robbery showed the suspect threatening a store clerk with a knife, according to an affidavit from Sgt. Dale Hamilton. The clerk was forced to hand over more than $600 in cash. No one was injured.

The suspect wore a mask and hooded jacket as well as latex gloves, according to the court documents. He fled on foot with the money and ran north on the Litchfield Road. A witness saw him run to a silver sedan.

According to the affidavit, Monmouth police reached out to Hamilton on Aug. 27 — two days after the robbery.  A man had told Monmouth police that Madore had committed the robbery. Hamilton states after talking to the man directly that “a girlfriend of Madore’s had communicated to him that Madore had admitted to the robbery and was trying to get his girlfriend to drive him to ‘do another one.'”

The next day, Hamilton spoke with the girlfriend, who is 18.

“She advised me that she has been living with Madore and had left the residence from Aug. 24 to Aug. 25,” Hamilton notes in his affidavit.

The woman had left her silver 2001 Honda Accord at Madore’s residence as well.

“When she returned to Madore’s late Sunday (Aug. 25), he advised her that he had taken her car and robbed the ‘local Bowdoin store,’ and had showed her cash that he stated he has obtained during the robbery,” the affidavit states.

Madore’s girlfriend also allegedly told Hamilton that Madore threw the clothes he wore during the robbery into a dumpster at another address on the road he lives on.

Hamilton notes in court documents that Madore’s home is 4.5 miles from Gowell’s Shop N Save in Litchfield where the car was last caught on video. The Gowell’s store is just over 7 miles from the Bowdoin Country Store.

Madore was arrested by the Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Office on a warrant following a traffic stop by a state trooper on Aug. 30.

The robbery charge is a felony punishable by up to 30 years in prison and a $50,000 fine.

Madore’s next court appearance is Nov. 6.

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