ELLSWORTH — A teenage boy has a court date to answer to several criminal charges after police said he broke into a State Street business early Saturday morning and stole merchandise.
Police said they received a call at 1:11 Saturday morning alerting them that a burglary alarm had been activated at State Street Grocery.
Officers were on scene within a minute of the call being broadcast and found that the glass front door “had been smashed in.” The rest of the property appeared to be secure and police said it appeared whoever broke in fled the scene.
Sgt. Shawn Willey stayed on scene and directed officers Amie Torrey, Rick Roberts and Toni Ryan to patrol the vicinity looking for anyone on foot.
Torrey “quickly” found a teenage boy “about two blocks away with glass shards on his clothing and sweating profusely,” police said. The teen allegedly admitted to breaking into the business and was reportedly “found in possession of stolen property,” which police said was a pack of cigars taken from the store and valued at $5.19.
The suspect, a 16-year-old boy from Ellsworth, was issued summonses charging him with burglary (Class C), theft (Class E) and criminal mischief (Class D) after additional questioning at the police station.
Ryan went to the boy’s home and woke his mother up. The mother came to the station and picked up her son after he was charged.
The teen is due in court on July 8. Police did not release his name because he is a juvenile.
Police Chief Pete Bickmore said Sunday the officers involved did a good job in responding and apprehending the suspect as quickly as they did.
“It was a real team effort by the officers on hand,” he said.