PORTLAND, Maine — A Lebanon man indicted Nov. 10 in connection with a robbery outside a Maine Mall Road hotel is also suspected to have allegedly committed similar crimes in two other New England states, according to police.
Brice Charest, 23, was indicted Nov. 10 by a Cumberland County grand jury on a Class A robbery charge. He is being held at York County Jail in Alfred.
In court documents, South Portland police Detective Steven Connors said Charest contacted a Pownal resident who was selling an engagement ring and wedding band on Craigslist.
Charest allegedly met the victim and his companion outside the Doubletree Hotel at around 8:30 p.m. Aug 11. He allegedly agreed to pay $7,000 for the rings the victim valued at almost $15,000.
When the two went to finish the sale in the hotel parking lot, Charest allegedly pulled out a handgun and stole the rings.
Connors said police were able to track Charest by tracing a call he made to the victim before meeting him in South Portland. Charest allegedly used a phone bought and activated at the Sanford Walmart, and he appeared in store photos making the purchase.
In his report, Connors noted Charest is suspected in similar robberies in Westfield, Mass., and Raymond, N.H.
Detective Sgt. Tim Cassidy of Swampscott, Mass., said police issued a warrant charging Charest with an Aug. 9 armed robbery, according to an Oct. 18 report in the Salem News.
Cassidy said Charest is accused of stealing a $12,000 watch at gunpoint from a victim he contacted online.