Man indicted in thefts accused of weekend coffee brandy heist

Posted May 09, 2011, at 8:27 p.m.

BRUNSWICK, Maine — A Brunswick man indicted Thursday on multiple counts of burglary, theft and criminal mischief was arrested again this weekend after police say he fled from officers investigating a theft and then failed to give them his correct name and address.

Lawrence Decker, 30, was indicted by a Cumberland County grand jury on five counts of Class C burglary, two counts of Class D theft, two counts of Class E theft, one count of Class C theft and five counts of Class D criminal mischief after he allegedly broke into five local businesses in early April.

At 11:56 p.m. Saturday, Brunswick police officers received reports of shoplifting at the Big Apple on Pleasant Street, Hagan said Monday.

Two males reportedly fled from the scene onto Pleasant Street with two bottles of coffee brandy, and officers then found one suspect on Stanwood Street.

Officers apprehended Decker near Downeast Energy on Spring Street, Hagan said, but he allegedly refused to give his correct name. He also was charged with violating conditions of release.

After he was taken to the Brunswick police station, Decker allegedly tried to tackle an officer and was wrestled to the ground, according to Hagan. He then allegedly started hitting his head on a steel bench, so officers called Brunswick rescue workers to examine him. Decker did not suffer significant injuries. He was taken to Cumberland County Jail.

Russell Trinka of Bath, who turned 25 on Sunday, received a criminal summons for theft by unauthorized taking after allegedly taking the coffee brandy.

On April 4, Brunswick police answered an alarm at the Beverage Rack on Cushing Street and arrested Decker, allegedly in the midst of robbing the business.

The incident marked the fifth burglary of a downtown Brunswick business within three days, including others on Middle Street, as well as Polar Bear Express on Maine Street and Provisions on Pleasant Street, Brunswick police Cmdr. Marc Hagan said at the time.

Approximately $7,000 in merchandise was taken from the five businesses, Brunswick police Detective Martin Rinaldi said, as well as a lesser amount of cash. Rinaldi would not disclose the exact amount of cash.

Also on Thursday, Charles McKenney III, 26, of Brunswick was indicted on a Class C count of theft by receiving for his alleged involvement in the April burglaries.

McKenney was charged after what Rinaldi characterized as “an extensive investigation,” including the execution of two separate search warrants at undisclosed Brunswick residences.

McKenney’s police record encompasses “an extensive criminal history of theft-related crimes,” Rinaldi said.

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