POLICE BEAT

Trio breaks into Brewer restaurant

Posted Aug. 22, 2011, at 5:16 p.m.
Last modified Aug. 22, 2011, at 9:47 p.m.
Sloan Murray
Sloan Murray
Whitney Devlin
Whitney Devlin
Ashley Farquhar
Ashley Farquhar

BREWER, Maine — A burglary alarm at a South Main Street restaurant alerted police early Friday to a break-in that resulted in three separate arrests — two for felony burglary, Capt. Jason Moffitt said Monday.

When police arrived at the restaurant at around 12:45 a.m., they found Sloan Murray, 25, of Brewer, who “claimed to be an employee,” outside with a key, the police captain said.

Murray, who was wanted for two outstanding warrants from Portland, was arrested and taken to Penobscot County Jail for the warrants.

A short time later, Cpl. Levi Sewall heard the building’s alarm go off again and discovered “two females leaving the building,” Moffitt said.

The investigation unveiled that the three got into the restaurant after it closed for the evening and “had been consuming alcohol” taken from the bar, he said.

Whitney Devlin, 18, and Ashley Farquhar, 23, both of Brewer, were arrested and charged with felony burglary. Farquhar also had a diverted prescription pill, Vyvanse, a medicine for attention deficit hyperactivity disorder, on her person and was charged with unlawful possession of scheduled drugs.

If convicted of the felony burglary charges, Devlin and Farquhar could face a penalty of up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000. (Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN)

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