Man arrested after string of Brunswick burglaries

Posted April 04, 2011, at 9:45 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — Brunswick police arrested a 30-year-old man early Monday at the Beverage Rack on Cushing Street as he allegedly burglarized the business.

The incident marked the most recent episode in a string of commercial burglaries that kept police busy throughout the weekend, according to Brunswick police Cmdr. Marc Hagan.

Lawrence Decker, 30, whose address is not listed, was arrested at about 4:30 a.m. Monday after police went to the Beverage Rack at 22 Cushing St., Hagan said.

Police received a report of an alarm at the business and allegedly found Decker hiding in a bathroom there.

As officers attempted to arrest him, Decker allegedly tried to bite Patrol Officer Patrick Scott, Hagan said, but Decker’s teeth did not break Scott’s skin.

Decker was charged with burglary, criminal mischief and assault on an officer and was en route to Cumberland County Jail at 8 a.m. Monday. Bail was set at $5,000, Hagan said, and Decker was scheduled for felony intake Monday morning.

Monday’s burglary capped off a weekend of burglaries throughout the downtown area, with one overnight Saturday triggering a search with a Bath tracking dog throughout the Cumberland and Swett street areas.

The calls began at 8:43 a.m. Saturday with reports from several businesses at 14 Middle St., including Anew Studio and Tedford Housing, that doors had been kicked in and small amounts of cash had been taken. Early Saturday afternoon, Enman Disk Golf on River Road reported another break-in, again with cash taken.

At 11:30 p.m. Saturday, officers received a report of a burglary at a coffee shop at 206 Maine St., Hagan said, with miscellaneous items taken, and eight minutes later another call — this time from Provisions at 22 Pleasant St. — indicated another burglary.

At 12:03 a.m., another caller from a business at 14 Middle St. reported that a burglary was possibly in progress, and detectives called for a canine unit from the Bath Police Department. They tracked — unsuccessfully — along Cumberland and Swett streets before calling off the search, Hagan said.

Hagan said today that Decker was charged with the Beverage Rack incident, and that the other incidents remain under investigation.

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