Portland police troubled by string of robberies

Posted March 07, 2009, at 3:25 p.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland’s acting police chief says an increase in the number of armed robberies this year is a troubling sign for the city.

Joseph Loughlin says there have been five armed robberies in 2009 in Portland, compared to two at this time last year.

Loughlin’s comments came Friday after the arrests of two teenagers, ages 17 and 16, who allegedly pulled out a loaded semi-automatic handgun while robbing a convenience store.

The juveniles were taken to the Long Creek Youth Development Center. Both were charged with robbery and one also was charged with possession of a stolen handgun and resisting arrest.