May 23, 2018
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Alleged burglar caught in Belfast after abandoning bag of purchased items

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BELFAST, Maine — The burglar got the breaking and entering part down, but ran into some trouble when it came to the pilfering, according to Belfast police.

When an alarm went off early Tuesday morning at Goose River Grocery on Swan Lake Avenue, responding officers found no one inside the store. However, they did find a bag of snack foods purchased at the Big Apple convenience store that had been left inside. The candy bars, chocolate cake and Red Bull in the bag were collected as evidence, according to Detective Sgt. Bryan Cunningham of the Belfast Police Department.

Police also found a hole in the side of the grocery store where someone had apparently moved an air conditioning unit.

“Entry had been gained into the store, but nothing was missing,” Cunningham said Wednesday. “As soon as the individual gained entry, the alarm went off and the person appeared to have left.”

Police knew they were looking for a small person because of the size of the hole, he said.

Cunningham reviewed security video from the Big Apple, looking for a small person who had bought the particular assortment of foodstuffs. They found the likely suspect — a teenage boy — but had trouble identifying him initially.

Then another teenager they spoke with pinpointed the suspect as a 15-year-old who had recently dyed his hair.

Cunningham interviewed the youth, who is not being identified because of his age.

“He went through about eight different stories in the interview, but did finally confess to what he’d done,” he said.

The youth also asked if he could get his candy back, but police are continuing to keep it as evidence, Cunningham said.

Police said that the teen is being charged in connection with the break-in.

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