Machias liquor theft, handgun incident keep police busy

Posted Sept. 23, 2010, at 9:14 p.m.

MACHIAS, Maine — Two serious incidents kept local police busy Wednesday afternoon, including a report that a man was brandishing a handgun at the Family Dollar store and a report of an alcohol heist at the Hannaford supermarket.

Richard Strout, who is acting chief while Grady Dwelley is on medical leave, said late Thursday that he could not provide much information at that time.

He did say that the handgun incident was later determined to be an issue of self-defense after an altercation in the Family Dollar parking lot. More than eight police officers rushed to Machias after the report of someone brandishing a handgun. The officers began searching for the man’s vehicle and soon stopped the car on Broadway.

Strout also said that although the supermarket incident was originally reported as shoplifting, it was actually the attempted theft of $700 in booze.

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