Burglary at Levant Corner Store caught on tape

Posted Oct. 26, 2009, at 9:40 p.m.

LEVANT, Maine — A man who broke into the Levant Corner Store early Sunday took out three surveillance cameras before doing so, but he didn’t get them all and was caught on tape stealing more than $700 in cigarettes from the store.

In the video the suspect can be seen behind the counter rifling through items underneath. He then walks toward the camera to where the cigarettes are stacked.

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“He took between 10 and 15 cartons of Marlboro cigarettes and one bag of tobacco,” Jamie Clark, a co-owner of the store, said Monday. While inside, “he left his hammer behind” on the counter.

The suspect has short dark hair and was wearing calf-length shorts, low-top sneakers, a dark leather or leatherlike jacket and had a T-shirt wrapped around his head, covering the lower half of his face.

Police believe the man is in his mid- to late 20s, Deputy James Kennedy of the Penobscot County Sheriff’s Department said Monday.

The man in the video entered the store at 5:22 a.m. by breaking a back window. He left seven minutes later with his booty of cigarettes.

Before entering the store, the suspect knocked down three cameras, but missed at least two others, which filmed the vehicle he was driving and him entering and leaving the store.

“They caught him coming and leaving and which direction he left,” Clark said. “As soon as the store’s alarm went off, we were able to open our laptops [at home] and see what was happening.

“He doesn’t look like a complete stranger,” she said.

The truck the suspect was driving is similar to one reported stolen Saturday from a Bangor greenhouse, Kennedy said.

“Sprague’s had a truck stolen out of Bangor and they’re thinking that it might be the truck involved,” he said.

The surveillance cameras also show headlights from a vehicle that was traveling on Lake Road, which connects with Route 222 where the store is located.

“They [probably] saw his truck swerving out of our parking lot,” Clark said.

The Sheriff’s Department is being assisted by Brewer Police Department, which has computers installed with Star Witness software that can enhance images from the store’s cameras.

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