May 21, 2018
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Suspect sought in restaurant burglaries

By Walter Griffin

BELFAST — The Waldo County Sheriff’s Department and the Searsport Police Department are investigating break-ins at two restaurants located a few miles apart on U.S. Route 1.

The Police Department is investigating a break-in at Angler’s Restaurant in Searsport that was reported at 3:45 a.m. Thursday, and the Sheriff’s Department is investigating a break-in at Just Barb’s Restaurant in Stockton Springs that was reported at 4 a.m. Thursday.

Police have a male suspect in the Angler’s break-in as a surveillance camera captured his image before he allegedly broke into the restaurant.

Authorities also are looking into whether there is any connection between the Waldo County break-ins and one a day earlier at Linda Bean’s Perfect Lobster Roll on Main Street in Rockland. All three break-ins involved forced entry and the theft of cash.

The break-in at Just Barb’s was discovered by an employee who was opening the business for the day. Entrance was gained by removing a screen and prying open a kitchen window.

Once inside, the burglar forced open the cash register and also left with containers of lobster meat, Chief Deputy Robert Keating said Thursday. Keating declined to say how much cash was in the register. Detective Merl Reed and Deputy Dan Thompson were assigned the investigation.

Searsport Police Chief Richard LaHaye said entrance to Angler’s Restaurant was gained by prying open a rear door. Once inside, the thief went through the cash register and searched other areas of the restaurant as well. He declined to reveal how much cash was taken in the break-in.

“He pillaged the restaurant,” LaHaye said Thursday.

LaHaye said the Maine State Police and county Sheriff’s Department were assisting with the investigation.

The break-in at Linda Bean’s in Rockland was reported at 8:47 a.m. Wednesday. Entrance was gained by smashing a window in a door. Approximately $200 was taken from the cash register and containers of lobster meat were taken from a cooler, Deputy Police Chief Wallace Tower said Thursday. Patrolman Scott Solorzano and the department’s detective division is handling the investigation.

Anyone with information about the break-ins or who knows the identity of the man in the photograph can call Searsport police at 548-2304 or the Sheriff’s Department at 338-2040.

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