Portland crime spree doused by hot coffee

Posted Aug. 27, 2010, at 10:31 a.m.

PORTLAND, Maine — Portland police say a man’s craving for drugs sparked a one-morning crime spree that included an attempt to steal an ambulance, three armed robberies and attempted theft of a cash register.

Twenty-five-year-old Paul Schlosser of Standish was arrested after he was doused with hot coffee by a worker at a McDonald’s restaurant as he allegedly tried to steal a cash register.

The Portland Press Herald says Schlosser tried to escape by jumping into a car stopped at an ATM, but the driver refused to go and police took him into custody.

Portland police Chief James Craig says police are looking into whether Schlosser was responsible for a series of unsolved crimes in the city’s West End on Thursday morning.

Craig says no one was hurt in the crime spree.

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