PORTLAND, Maine — One of the two men charged in connection with a pair of convenience store burglaries last weekend has been tied to another such crime in the area, bringing his alleged burglary spree up to three stores so far.
Investigators suspect Vincent Lombardi II, 39, of Standish, may be involved with other reported convenience store burglaries in southern Maine as well, the Cumberland County Sheriff’s Office stated in a Friday night news release.
The sheriff’s office announced Friday that Lombardi is being charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief related to an Aug. 18 break-in at Patches Store at 965 Chadbourne Road in Standish.
Lombardi was previously arrested and charged with two counts of burglary and violating conditions of release for his role in burglaries at Pit Stop Fuel in Standish and J. Brothers Variety in Cumberland, both crimes reported during the same weekend as the Patches Store break-in.
Lawrence “Larry” Cox, 50, of Westbrook, was also arrested in connection with the Pit Stop Fuel and J. Brothers Variety burglaries. Cox on Thursday morning allegedly attempted to hang himself in his Cumberland County Jail cell with his bed sheet, but was released by corrections officers and taken to the facility’s medical unit before he was able to harm himself.
In the latest charges, police allege Lombardi stole thousands of dollars of alcohol and cigarettes from Patches Store, then damaged the store’s surveillance system in an effort to conceal his identity.
However, the sheriff’s office on Friday stated in its release that Lombardi was linked to the crime “when forensic evidence seized by investigators at the crime scene was analyzed by forensic technicians at the Maine Crime Lab.”
Lombardi and Cox were allegedly captured on the surveillance video at Pit Stop Fuel taking the store keys while employees were distracted, then later picked up by police in Westbrook with a car investigators say was full of cigarettes, scratch tickets and cash that had been reported stolen from J. Brothers Variety.