THOMASTON — A 29-year-old Owls Head man was arrested Sunday evening after police said he tried to break into a locked case filled with electronics at the local Walmart.

The suspect, who was carrying knives, had to be physically subdued as officers from around the region responded to assist in the arrest.

Bryan Ross was arrested by Knox County Sheriff’s Sgt. John Palmer inside the Thomaston store at about 7 p.m. Sunday, according to Thomaston Police Chief Kevin Haj. Walmart employees had called for police assistance, saying that a man was using a knife to try to break into an electronics case.

The chief said Officer Sigaud Olaf was on the Warren side of Thomaston and was en route to Walmart when Palmer arrived. There was a struggle but Palmer was able to handcuff Ross, Haj said.

When Ross was taken into the security office at the store, two knives were found in his possession, the chief said.

Ross was charged with criminal mischief, possessing burglary tools and refusing to submit to arrest, Haj said. He was taken to the Knox County Jail in Rockland and was released overnight on bail, according to a jail officer.


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