Norway woman charged with attempting to rob store with finger


WEST PARIS – Bail was set at $1,000 cash for a Norway woman who attempted to rob a gas station convenience store by hiding her finger under her shirt.

Paige Tuttle, 26, was arrested Friday on a felony robbery charge punishable by up to 10 years in prison.

According to an affidavit written by Lt. Justin Brown of the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office, a clerk at the Big Apple in West Paris called police to report that a woman had attempted to rob him.

He told Brown that the woman had threatened to shoot him if he didn’t open the store’s cash drawer and give her money.


The clerk wrote in his witness statement that when Tuttle told him, “I have a gun,” he responded, “No, you don’t.”

She cursed and left the store, Brown said.

The clerk told Brown that he noticed Tuttle had put her finger in the shape of a gun and held it under her sweater, which is why he didn’t believe her.

Brown wrote in his affidavit that he composed a photo lineup that included an image of Tuttle. The clerk identified Tuttle as the person who attempted to rob him.

A warrant was put out for Tuttle’s arrest, Brown wrote. She was later found and arrested in Norway.

Tuttle’s bail conditions include no use or possession of any alcoholic beverages or illegal drugs, including marijuana; being subject to random search and testing without probable cause or suspicion; being barred from any Big Apple store; and having no contact with the victim of the crime.

Paige Tuttle

  • MaineCWP

    Stupid stuff like this could get you justifiably shot by a good woman or man with a gun under Maine Criminal Code D. For purposes of this subsection, proof that a thing is presented in a covered or open manner as a dangerous weapon gives rise to a permissible inference under the Maine Rules of Evidence, Rule 303 that it, in fact, is a dangerous weapon.

    2. A person is justified in using deadly force upon another person:
    A. When the person reasonably believes it necessary and reasonably believes such other person is:
    (1) About to use unlawful, deadly force against the person or a 3rd person; or
    (2) Committing or about to commit a kidnapping, robbery or a violation of section 253, subsection 1, paragraph A, against the person or a 3rd person; or [1989, c. 878, Pt. B, §15 (AMD).]