State Police are searching for a man involved in an attempted burglary of a Sidney convenience store and the attempted robbery of man in nearby Oakland early Sunday morning.

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Corporal Diane Vance responded to Annie’s Market on the Middle Road in Sidney for the attempted burglary. State police say the front door had been smashed in and a bullet was shot through the door. No entry was made.

Property damage was around $2000, according to State Police spokesman Steve McCausland. The intruder was caught on surveillance cameras.  He was wearing a dark trench coat, jeans and skull face mask.

McCausland said the man had parked his car behind a dumpster about 1:30 am.  The vehicle is believed to be either a Honda Civic, Hyundai Elantra or Nissan Altima, likely blue. The car left the store in Sidney headed west on the Dinsmore Road.

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About an hour later in Oakland, an armed robbery attempt took place outside Mac’s Citgo involving the same suspect, police said.  A Waterville man who was fixing his tire in the parking lot of the store was approached by a man in a car who pointed a gun at him demanding money. McCausland said the gunman left empty-handed driving toward Sidney and no one was injured.

Anyone with information on either of these incidents is asked to call State Police in Augusta at 624-7076 and ask for Corporal Vance.