Waterville pawn shop robbed of guns, police searching for suspects

Posted June 04, 2012, at 3:38 p.m.

WATERVILLE, Maine — A local pawn shop was robbed early Monday morning and the perpetrators managed to escape with firearms, according to police.

Police Chief Joseph Massey said officers arrived at the J.R. Pawn Shop on Elm Street just after 3 a.m. and found the window in the door had been smashed.

A search of the building by Waterville police, with help from Winslow and Oakland police, turned up no suspects, Massey said, and a state trooper’s K-9 unit was also unsuccessful.

Massey said three assault weapons and two handguns were taken from the shop.

“That’s very concerning for us to have stolen weapons on the street,” he said. “Given the increase in pharmacy robberies it’s very concerning.”

Detective Alan Perkins is investigating the case, according to Massey, and officers don’t have any leads as to who may have stolen the guns.

Anyone with information should contact Waterville police at 680-4700 and ask for Perkins.