Cops probe theft, attempt


FARMINGTON – Police say they have some suspects in a burglary at Howard’s Rexall on Main Street and an attempted burglary at Rite Aid on Wilton Road. Police believe they are related, Farmington Detective Marc Bowering said Wednesday.

Police responded to alarms at Rite Aid early Sunday as a suspect attempted to get into the store by tampering with the back door, Bowering said. No entry was gained.

About 45 minutes later, about 2:45 a.m., alarms at Rexall’s were set off as someone gained entry by force and then the pharmacy section through the rear of the building, Bowering said.

No drugs were taken before the suspect fled the scene, he said.

Evidence was collected and sent to the state Crime Lab for analysis.

In both cases, police surrounded the businesses and secured them but found no one inside, he said.

County Sheriff’s Cpl. Nate Bean brought in his tracking dog, Ben, to search the area and inside Rexall’s, he said. The trail stopped down the road.

Bowering said police have a couple of suspects.

Police from the University of Maine at Farmington and sheriff’s deputies assisted Farmington police.

Rexall pharmacist Rob Witt, who owns the store with his brother, pharmacist Jim Witt, said Wednesday that when he arrived at the store shortly after the alarms were set off, police had their guns drawn and pointed at the pharmacy from all sides.