BREWER, Maine — A Holden man who had consumed the synthetic drug bath salts was delusional early Wednesday when he used a shopping cart to break into the Hannaford grocery store in order to hide from imaginary people he believed were after him, police say.
“He thought people were coming to get him and broke into Hannaford to hide,” Brewer police Lt. Chris Martin said Thursday.
John Atwood, 30, used the shopping cart to break into the grocery store in the Brewer Shopping Plaza around 12:15 a.m. Wednesday.
“The large front window was broken and ceiling tiles were pulled down,” the lieutenant said. Cpl. Nelson Feero and other officers found Atwood hiding in the ceiling, Martin said.
“He said he was trying to get away from people” he believed were trying to harm him, the lieutenant said. “He admitted to using bath salts about six hours before.”
Police and emergency personnel have reported that users of bath salts often believe that someone is out to get them.
Atwood was taken to Eastern Maine Medical Center in Bangor and later charged with felony aggravated criminal mischief because he caused more than $2,000 in damage, Martin said.
Atwood could face up to five years in prison and a fine of up to $5,000 if convicted.