Police say 15-year-old robbery suspect risked his life with use of toy gun

By Christopher Cousins, BDN Staff
Posted June 04, 2012, at 3:42 p.m.

BATH, Maine — A juvenile has been arrested in connection with a weekend crime spree that culminated Sunday night when he allegedly robbed a convenience store and threatened the clerk with a toy gun.

Police arrested the 15-year-old boy Sunday after a report of a robbery at the One Stop Food & Ice convenience store on Washington Street. According to a press release, the clerk said the suspect stated he had a gun.

Bath Sgt. Daniel Couture was in the area when the robbery was reported and quickly found a male matching the suspect’s description — the clerk had said he was wearing a checkered shirt — at the intersection of Middle and Bath streets. A brief foot chase reportedly ensued until Couture cornered the suspect on a walking path behind a home on Middle Street. The suspect sat in tall grass and allegedly ignored Couture’s orders to come out.

Bath Officer Michelle Small and Sagadahoc County Deputy Matt Shiers assisted in taking the juvenile into custody. The officers reportedly found a toy handgun concealed in his pant leg.

Police said the use of a toy gun can be as dangerous for the suspect as using a real one.

“The juvenile put himself in serious danger using a toy gun during the robbery and by not following officers’ orders when he was cornered,” reads the press release from Bath Police Chief Michael Field. “This incident could have had a tragic ending for the young man.”

The juvenile is also the suspect in a theft that occurred about 9 p.m. Saturday. He allegedly took a taxi from Waldoboro to the Bath Shopping Center and bolted from the taxi without paying the $55 fare. The juvenile was on probation at the time of the incidents and faces additional charges of robbery, theft and possession of alcohol by a minor.

He was taken to Long Creek Youth Development Center in South Portland. He is scheduled to appear in West Bath District Court on July 2.

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