Abbot duo arrested for stealing more than $10,000 from home, police say

Posted Feb. 06, 2012, at 6:34 p.m.

ABBOT, Maine — A local man and his female accomplice were arrested for burglarizing an Abbot home on Thursday and walking away with more than $10,000 in cash, said Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Guy Dow.

Camille Gagnon, 36, was arrested on Monday and charged with Class B burglary and Class B theft. His girlfriend, Amber Crocker, 27, was arrested on Friday and faces the same charges. They live together in Abbot.

“A lady came home from work and noticed that her door had been forced open and her bedroom was ransacked,” said Dow. “She realized she was missing her safe and a significant amount of money.”

Dow said Crocker drove to the residence and dropped off Gagnon. A bakery across the street with surveillance cameras captured the incident.

After dropping off Gagnon, Crocker walked to the bakery and talked with the owner before driving off.

“We get a good view of her [on the camera],” said Dow. “She leaves and heads north and comes back to check on [Gagnon]. Like 12 minutes later, [Gagnon] comes into view on the north side camera.”

Taken in addition to the safe and money were a collection of coins, including state quarters. Video from a convenience store shows Gagnon buying items with the quarters.

“He went in and bought some beer and cigarettes. He paid for it in quarters,” said Dow, adding that state quarters also were found in Crocker’s vehicle. “It shows him stacking the quarters up.”

Dow said neither the money nor the safe has yet been recovered.

“We’re still working on that,” he said.

Crocker was arrested on Thursday but is out on $600 bail. Gagnon remains in Piscataquis County Jail in Dover-Foxcroft. He’s not eligible for bail because he was already out on bail from Skowhegan District Court in connection with another case.

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