June 23, 2018
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Two men in custody, one charged with robbery

Contributed | BDN
Contributed | BDN
By Rich Hewitt, BDN Staff

ORLAND, Maine — Two men were in custody Monday after an alleged armed robbery late Sunday night at a home on Route 1.

Benjamin Rankin, 21, of the Belfast area was arrested early Sunday morning and charged with robbery and violating his conditions of release, according to the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department.

Richard Gainer, 24, of Bucksport was arrested at the scene on a probation hold at the request of his probation officer, but has not been charged in connection with the robbery, according to Detective Alan Brown of the Sheriff’s Department.

Officers received the call a little after 10 p.m. Sunday.

“We had a 911 call from a man in Orland who said he was robbed by a man with a gun,” Brown said.

Brown said the incident took place outside a home on Route 1 several miles outside Bucksport. About $300 was taken, according to Deputy Jeff McFarland, the lead investigator.

“The man was not sure exactly how much was taken,” McFarland said.

Police have seized some cash, but not as much as was reported stolen, Brown said. They also have not located the weapon allegedly used in the robbery.

Gainer was located at the residence in Orland and was taken into custody. Rankin had fled on foot, but Bucksport police officers located him early Sunday morning and arrested him.

Both men were taken to Hancock County Jail where they remained in custody Monday afternoon. In addition to Brown and McFarland, Deputy Rob Morang of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department and Trooper Alden Bustard of the Maine State Police responded to the call. The Bucksport Police Department also assisted the officers.

Officers still are working to determine what happened. Brown said there were other people present when the robbery allegedly took place.

The case remains under investigation and additional charges may be pending, he said.

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