Three juveniles charged in connection with nearly $1,500 theft from country store

Posted Aug. 22, 2012, at 1:07 p.m.

BOWDOINHAM, Maine — Three juveniles have been given summonses for burglary and theft in connection with a break-in at Bowdoinham Country Store last month in which cash and $1,200 worth of cigarettes were stolen.

Sagadahoc County Sheriff’s Department Chief Deputy Brett Strout said Wednesday that a parent who found cigarettes in her son’s possession notified police and a subsequent investigation revealed that a 15-year-old and two 13-year-old males from Bowdoinham reportedly were involved in the July 26 burglary.

The 15-year-old is charged with two counts of burglary and theft because he told investigators he had previously burglarized the store on Route 24 on July 22. The two 13-year-olds each are charged with single counts of burglary and theft, said Strout.

In addition to the approximately $1,200 in cigarettes, the youths allegedly made off with about $270 in cash. Most of the cash and cigarettes have been returned to the store, said Strout.

The burglary was reported by a store clerk at about 6 a.m. July 27. Strout said the thieves broke in through the back of the building.

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