Lewiston man indicted on robbery charges


LEWISTON — A grand jury Wednesday indicted a man accused of robbing three convenience stores before he was tackled by a policeman while robbing a fourth.

Rodney M. Morant, 40, of 50 Fairmount St., Lewiston, was indicted on four counts of robbery and two counts of violating conditions of release.

He was being held on $50,000 bail at the Androscoggin County Jail in Auburn.

According to the indictment, Morant’s alleged robbery spree got under way the night of April 21. Over a period of five hours, starting at 10:23 p.m., the X-press Shop Convenience Store on Center Street in Auburn, and in Lewiston, Cumberland Farms on Sabattus Street, Cumberland Farms on Main Street and the Big Apple Store on Lisbon Street were robbed.

At about 3 a.m. the following morning, as police officers in Auburn and Lewiston were searching for the robbery suspect, Lewiston police Lt. Adam Higgins saw a man fitting the suspect’s description enter the Big Apple Store in Lewiston, according to police reports.

Higgins approached the storefront and peered inside, where he saw the clerk being attacked by the man. Inside the store, Higgins pulled his weapon and after a brief chase, arrested him.

Morant has remained in custody since. According to court documents, he told police he committed the robberies because he needed money to pay drug debts.