Saturday, December 7, 2013
Two men face burglary charges after being pulled over in Westbrook with a car full of cigarettes, scratch tickets and cash.
The Cumberland County Sheriff's Office says Larry Cox, 50 of Westbrook and Vincent Lombardi II, 39 of Standish are each charged with burglary and two counts of theft.
A clerk at the Pit Stop in Standish noticed some keys missing Sunday and after checking security video, saw a customer pocket them. She was able to give sheriff's deputies enough of a description of the man and the vehicle that they identified a suspect.
Later that night, Westbrook police pulled over the two men on Lamb Street. The men had no explanation for why they had so many cigarettes and lottery tickets in the car.
They were taken to jail on theft charges. The following morning, workers at J. Brothers Variety, 44 Gray Road in Cumberland, found the store had been broken into and was missing...cigarettes, lottery tickets and cash.
Police say the items in the car matched what was stolen and so charged the pair with burglary. They also found the keys to the Pit Stop.
The two are scheduled to appear in court Wednesday.
Investigators are trying to determine whether the men are responsible for other recent convenience store break-ins.