June 22, 2018
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Four charged with Lincoln cigarette store break-ins

By Nick Sambides Jr., BDN Staff

LINCOLN, Maine — A tip after a police officer’s traffic stop has led police to charge four people, including two juveniles, with two burglaries that have occurred at a cigarette shop on West Broadway since early

September, Police Chief Scott Minckler said Monday.

Maggie Brewer, 20, of Lincoln was charged Sept. 19 with receiving stolen property, theft by unauthorized taking, possession of a usable amount of marijuana and sale and use of drug paraphernalia.

Dillon Pete, 18, of Lincoln,was charged on the same day with burglary, theft by unauthorized taking, hindering apprehension or prosecution (destruction of evidence) and criminal mischief. The two juveniles

were also charged with burglary, Minckler said.

A clerk at Smokes For Less, 60 West Broadway, reported to police on the morning of Sept. 17 that the store had been burglarized and 57 cartons of cigarettes stolen, police said. Investigators believe the burglary occurred sometime the previous night or before the clerk’s arrival.

Lincoln police Sgt. Patty McLaughlin and Officer Roy Bickford took over the investigation and soon learned that Officer John Walsh had stopped Brewer, Pete and the two juveniles in a vehicle earlier that morning and cited them for several traffic violations, police said.

McLaughlin received a tip that the stolen cartons could be found at Brewer’s residence on Wilson Street. Police got a search warrant and executed it the next day and said they found 40 cartons of cigarettes

at Brewer’s home. They also found a small amount of marijuana and a marijuana pipe, police said.

Police also charged Pete and one of the juveniles for a burglary at Smokes For Less on Sept. 5. Details of what was allegedly stolen then were not available on Monday.

Investigators believe that the store was burglarized twice because the suspects enjoyed the building’s “easy access,” Minckler said.

Cigarettes are also relatively expensive and easy to pawn or sell illegally.

“They were going through an air conditioner [space] in the back of the building,” Minckler said.

Police suspect that Pete would break into the buildings while the juveniles acted as lookouts, Minckler said. The juveniles “never went into the building,” Minckler said. “They stayed outside.”

At this point, investigators don’t expect to develop more charges in connection with the store burglaries, Minckler said.

Brewer and Pete are due at the Penobscot Judicial Center of Bangor on Dec. 9, police said.

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