CUMBERLAND, Maine — Two southern Maine men are being accused of trying to make local convenience stores open — for them, anyway — 24 hours. And free.
The Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday announced the arrest of two men police believe stole keys — as well as scratch tickets and cigarettes — from a pair of local convenience stores.
Larry Cox, 50, of Westbrook and Vincent Lombardi II, 39, each were charged with two counts of burglary and theft, and Lombardi faces an additional charge of violating conditions of his release in connection with weekend burglaries reported at Pit Stop Fuel in Standish and J. Brothers Variety in Cumberland.
Lombardi made headlines around the country in early 2011 by getting arrested for trying to break into an auto parts store the same day as the Super Bowl, in which the winning football team is awarded a trophy named after the late famous Green Bay Packers coach also named Vince Lombardi.
This time, according to the sheriff’s office, an employee of Pit Stop Fuel at 125 Ossippee Trail East, on Sunday night reported that a customer had stolen the store’s keys while the employees were distracted.
A store surveillance camera recorded the alleged theft, however, and provided law enforcement officers with leads to possible suspects. A vehicle driven by the suspects seen in the video was stopped soon thereafter by Westbrook police, the sheriff’s office stated, and was seen by officers to contain “large amounts” of scratch tickets, cigarettes and cash.
The following morning, employees of J. Brothers Variety an 44 Gray Road reported their store had been broken into, and that Maine State Lottery scratch tickets, cigarettes and cash were missing.
A search warrant executed on the suspects’ vehicle also allegedly turned up the keys to Pit Stop Fuel, according to the sheriff’s office.
The two men were charged with burglaries and thefts tied to both stores, and are being investigated as suspects in other convenience store burglaries reported in southern Maine as well, the sheriff’s office stated. Cox and Lombardi remained at Cumberland County Jail on Tuesday and are scheduled to appear in court on Wednesday.