June 23, 2018
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Police arrest two men in connection with Saco robberies

By Ryan McLaughlin, BDN Staff

SACO, Maine — Two men allegedly responsible for robberies in Saco have been arrested, according to police.

John J. Vernon, 27, of Saco and Wayne Thompson, 26, of Derry, N.H., were involved in three robberies in the city, according to Saco Deputy Chief Jeffrey Holland.

Vernon was also involved in a pharmacy robbery in Gorham on July 1, according to Holland. Authorities in that town apprehended him after a brief vehicle pursuit following that robbery.

After Vernon was taken to the Cumberland County Jail, where he currently remains, Saco police gathered enough information to issue an arrest warrant for Vernon for a June 2 robbery at the Community Pharmacy in Saco, according to Holland.

Vernon also is a person of interest in a robbery at the same Saco pharmacy in January, Holland said. Investigators will seek an indictment against him during their next grand jury session.

Thompson was allegedly involved in robberies at Cumberland Farms in Saco on April 15 and of a taxi driver in the city the following day, Holland said.

The suspect escaped Maine to Massachusetts on April 16 on a Downeaster train, and he eventually wound up in Derry, N.H.

Thompson also had arrest warrants in New Hampshire, and was arrested by the Hillsborough, N.H., police department on Tuesday, according to Holland. Thompson is expected to be extradited back to Maine to face the robbery charges in Saco.

“I want to express my appreciation to authorities in Maine and New Hampshire for their efforts and assistance in locating Vernon and Thompson which led to our ability to charge them in these cases,” Holland said.

Thompson is being held at the Rockingham County Jail in New Hampshire.

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