Man charged in Millinocket store robbery

Posted Sept. 11, 2009, at 10:15 p.m.

MILLINOCKET, Maine — A Cumberland County man suspected of robbing the Rite Aid drugstore on Central Street on Friday morning was in police custody that night.

Nicholas Wheaton, 21, whose hometown was not immediately available, was arrested without incident after investigators tracked him to a camp on an island on North Twin Lake, near Norcross boat landing, Millinocket Police Chief Don Bolduc said late Friday night.

According to Bolduc, the robbery was reported at 9:47 a.m. He said investigators followed leads into late Friday afternoon that led them to the camp.

Bolduc credited “excellent police work” by Millinocket police Detective Jon Glidden and assistance by members of the East Millinocket Police Department, the state police, the Maine Warden Service and the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department for the suspect’s quick capture.

As of Friday night, Wheaton had been charged with robbery. Bolduc said additional charges might be lodged in the case, which remains under investigation.

Though few details were available at late Friday, a corporate spokeswoman for Rite Aid confirmed that no one was injured in the robbery. She declined to say how many employees were in the store at the time or whether there were any customers there when the robbery occurred.

Bolduc declined to comment on whether a weapon was used, noting that the investigation was still in its initial phase. He also wouldn’t say what was stolen during the robbery.

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