Homeless man accused of breaking into gaming store, stealing fantasy trading cards

Posted March 12, 2014, at 10:44 a.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A homeless man is facing multiple charges after a burglary at a local gaming store, according to police.

The sequence of events leading to the arrest of Robert White, 27, began shortly after 9 a.m. Monday when employees of Spellbound on the Concourse called police after they discovered a smashed window upon opening for the day, Waterville police Chief Joseph Massey said.

A number of fantasy game trading cards were missing from the business, Massey said.

Soon after the burglary was reported, Officer Tim Hinton received information about homeless people living behind MaineGeneral Hospital, the chief said, and that hospital staff wanted them to leave the area.

When Hinton went to investigate, he found a tent and packages matching the description of the stolen items on the ground, Massey said.

White was not at the encampment, but officers later found him downtown with his girlfriend and placed him under arrest, the chief said.

White was charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief and brought to Kennebec County Jail. He remained in county lockup Wednesday.