BREWER, Maine — Two male suspects have been caught and charged in connection with an armed robbery at the Family Dollar Store in Brewer on Halloween night, Brewer police Capt. Jason Moffitt said Friday.
Charles Dione, 20, of Glenburn and Jesse Hatch, 19, of Eddington spent Thanksgiving in Penobscot County Jail after being arrested for armed robbery late Wednesday.
Two men wearing masks entered the store, located in a corner spot in the Brewer Shopping Center off Wilson Street, at around 7:20 p.m. on Halloween, and “at least one was armed with a knife and demanded demanding cash,” Moffitt said. “Cash was produced and they fled the scene.”
The fact that it was Halloween and lots of people were wearing masks made the investigation difficult, but “evidence started to accumulate very early on in the investigation,” the police captain said. “It took a great deal of work” by Detective Nelson Feero and Detective Sgt. Jay Munson, who led the investigation.
Two others, Jason Goodin, 19, of Holden and Raeleigh Hill, 18, of Eddington, who did not enter the store, also have been charged in connection with the Halloween night robbery.
Two store clerks were working at the time of the incident, but no one was hurt.
Armed robbery is a Class A felony, which carries a penalty of up to 30 years in prison and a fine of up to $50,000.
The men are being held at Penobscot County Jail with a cash bail of $15,000.
In addition to the armed robbery, Dione faces charges related to other burglaries and car burglaries dating back to May 2008, Moffitt said. Detectives also expect to charge two other suspects shortly in relation to those other burglaries and car crimes, he said.