April 22, 2018
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Houlton police have leads in break-in

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

HOULTON, Maine — Police Chief Butch Asselin confirmed Wednesday that some “persons of interest” are under investigation in connection with a weekend burglary at Ferris Qwik Stop.

The chief said that officers and a police detective have obtained information to help pinpoint suspects in the Sunday morning incident.

The convenience store at 135 Military St. was not yet open when burglars are suspected of breaking in around 5:45 a.m.

According to the chief, the burglars entered by breaking out a portion of a glass door.

Police believe rocks found inside the store were used to gain entry. Telephone wires also were cut by the burglars, police said.

Once inside, the thieves rifled through a cigarette rack behind a counter, making off with an undetermined amount of Marlboro cigarettes. The burglars scattered a number of packages across the floor of the store.

The thieves did not obtain any cash.

Police searched the area, and Asselin said the burglars ran to an abandoned home next to the store with their stash. The door of that home was not locked, and investigators found a number of packages of cigarettes inside.

Police estimated that approximately $500 in damage was done to the store.

Police are urging anyone with information about the case to call the department at 532-2287 or call the department’s anonymous-tip line at 694-3545.

Detective Carolyn Crandall is investigating the case, along with Officers Jared Sylvia and Steve Wotton.

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