RUMFORD, Maine — A young Rumford man accused of stealing two bottles of rum on Wednesday from Hannaford in two incidents 90 minutes apart, remained in a Paris jail Thursday.
Allan W. Hussian, 19, of 26 Rangeley Place, was arrested by Sgt. Tracey Higley on charges of theft and possession of alcohol by a minor.
After the second incident, Hussian was booked at Oxford County Jail in Paris where he has been unable to post $150 cash bail. He is to be arraigned on July 3 in Rumford District Court.
Higley said that at about 3:25 p.m. Wednesday, a Hannaford official called police to the Waldo Street store for a shoplifting incident. Responding officers were told that a young man had stolen a 750 ml bottle of Captain Morgan’s Spiced Rum and left the store, followed by employees who watched him head down Cumberland Street and enter a building, Higley said.
Store surveillance video captured the theft and gave police a description of the suspect.
Police searched the area and didn’t find anyone matching that description, Higley said.
At 4:58 p.m., a Hannaford official called police again, telling them that the suspect had returned to the store for more rum and left without paying for it.
“Just as I’m pulling into the parking lot, (Hussian) was going over an embankment,” Higley said. But this time, bystanders in the lot helped direct Higley to where the suspect fled. He contacted fellow Rumford officer Mike Belanger and assisting Mexico police officer William Cook, who caught and detained Hussian, the sergeant said.
A search revealed a second 750 ml bottle of Captain Morgan’s rum, Higley said.
“We probably wouldn’t have gotten him the second time were it not for the help of officer Cook,” Higley said.
“The first time, he stole one bottle and the second time he broke one bottle in the aisle and stole another, and all of it was caught on video,” he said.
Police said Hussian, who is unemployed, told them he stole the booze because he was bored.
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