May 20, 2019
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Two men face charges for Christmas robberies in Greene, Lewiston

LEWISTON, Maine — Police charged two men in connection with a pair of armed robberies at convenience stores in Lewiston and Greene early Christmas morning.

Tyler M. Barnard, 25, of Auburn and Stanley B. Laurinaitis, 27, of Minot have been charged with two counts of robbery, a Class A crime, in connection with robberies at a Circle K in Greene and a Big Apple in Lewiston, Chief Deputy William Gagne of the Androscoggin County Sheriff’s Office said in a Friday evening news release.

Gagne said a man entered the Circle K on Route 202 in Greene around 4:15 a.m. Friday, brandished a firearm and demanded cash. The suspect then fled in a vehicle with an undisclosed amount of cash.

A description of the getaway car, the suspected robber and driver were given to police, Gagne said.

Later in the morning, Deputy Randy Williams stopped a vehicle matching the description of the one used in the Greene robbery, Gagne said.

The occupants, Barnard and Laurinaitis, also matched description of the suspects in the Greene robbery, as well as the description of a suspect in a robbery in Lewiston that had happened earlier Friday morning, according to Gagne.

Shortly after 12:30 a.m., a clerk at the Big Apple on Lisbon Street in Lewiston reported to local police that a man who brandished a weapon had robbed the store, Gagne said. Detectives and officers with the Lewiston Police Department were still investigating the Big Apple robbery when the Greene robbery was reported.

Barnard and Laurinaitis were taken to the Lewiston Police Department for questioning. Based on evidence collected and interviews with Barnard and Laurinaitis, they were arrested for the robberies, Gagne said.

Police continue to investigate the robberies, and the vehicle Barnard and Laurinaitis were using has been impounded, Gagne said.

Both men are being held at the Androscoggin County Jail on $30,000 cash bail.

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