Police: Woman witnesses Newport burglary, fire marshal investigator catches suspect

Posted Dec. 13, 2013, at 10:38 a.m.
Last modified Dec. 13, 2013, at 12:19 p.m.

NEWPORT, Maine — A Bangor man is facing charges after a woman witnessed him breaking into a Newport business early Friday morning, according to police.

The witness, whom Newport Police Chief Leonard Macdaid did not identify, was heading to work when she saw a suspicious vehicle parked near the Monument Shop.

Shortly after, Mark Lewis, 46, came out and sped away in his rental vehicle, but the woman knew the store was not open, and contacted police with Lewis’ license plate number, Macdaid said.

A lookout alert was immediately issued, and around 7:30 a.m., fire marshal investigator Jeremy Damren was headed northbound on Interstate 95 when he spotted the vehicle and stopped it, Macdaid said.

“He was going to another call and he saw it zipping up the highway heading north,” said Macdaid.

The chief added police were fortunate Damren was headed north, as Lewis’ rental car had Massachusetts license plates, so police figured he would head southbound.

Lewis, who broke into the store through a locked door, was returned to the Newport police station by Damren, where he was charged with burglary and criminal mischief, Macdaid said.

The case remains under investigation, the chief said.