Dropped EBT card leads police to suspected pot thief in Warren

By Stephen Betts, BDN Staff
Posted Oct. 28, 2013, at 4:02 p.m.

WARREN, Maine — A 38-year-old Warren man remains at the Knox County Jail after being accused of breaking into a local home and stealing $6,000 worth of medical marijuana.

Police say the suspect was caught, in part, because he dropped an Electronic Benefits Transfer card at the burglarized home. The card allows welfare recipients to buy groceries and other necessities.

Douglas H. Robinson was arrested on Oct. 24 and charged by the Knox County Sheriff’s Office with burglary, stealing drugs and violating a protective order.

An affidavit filed by the sheriff’s office with Rockland District Court states that Warren homeowner contacted police when he realized that his house had been entered and medical marijuana was stolen. The homeowner found Robinson’s EBT card on his porch and that led police to Robinson, who admitted to breaking into the home and taking the marijuana, according to the affidavit. According to police, Robinson used the card to jimmy the latch on a door to get into the home.

The marijuana plants had a value of $6,000, according to the affidavit.

Robinson also was charged with violation a protective order because he was found at a Main Street residence in Warren with a woman he was barred from contacting.

He was taken to the county jail in Rockland.

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