May 22, 2018
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Two Presque Isle teens charged with theft, assault after allegedly stealing sandwich

By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Two Presque Isle juveniles were charged with assault and theft late Sunday after allegedly stealing a sandwich from the local Walmart and fleeing on foot.

On Monday, Presque Isle Police Chief Matthew Irwin said a clerk at the Main Street Walmart attempted to stop the two 17-year-old males after they were reportedly observed taking the sandwich just before 10 p.m.

The teenagers shoved the clerk and a second employee in making their getaway and were gone by the time members of the Presque Isle Police Department responded, Irwin said.

The police chief said the department’s K-9 unit was called in, and the dog tracked the suspects to a nearby apartment complex before losing the scent.

Meanwhile, employees at the store pulled security video and were able to identify one of the teens, who was subsequently located and admitted to taking the sandwich and shoving the clerks, Irwin said.

Based on that information, police were able to apprehend the second teen and charge both with retail theft and assault.

The two were then released.

“All this for a sandwich,” Irwin said.


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