July 24, 2013

5 nabbed following Waterville home invasion robbery

The arrests were a 'spinoff' from an earlier theft at Cumberland Farms, police said.

By Doug Harlow dharlow@centralmaine.com
Staff Writer

WATERVILLE — Three men were arrested on robbery, burglary and theft charges Tuesday after they allegedly kicked down the door of an apartment on College Avenue and made off with an undisclosed amount of cash.

Police said that money had been stolen earlier in the day from a safe at the Cumberland Farms store, also on College Avenue.

The men, Alec Bryan, 21, of Waterville; Gilbert Barrows, 19, of Winslow; and Gage Wells, 18, of Waterville, were taken into custody by police at the railroad yard on College Avenue, after they ran from the apartment just after 5:15 p.m.

All three were taken to the Kennebec County jail in Augusta, Sgt. Brian Gardiner of the Waterville Police Department said.

A juvenile male also was charged and turned over to his parents or guardians.

"The arrests were a spinoff from an earlier theft at Cumberland Farms," Gardiner said. "The victim of the robbery was a suspect in the theft."

Melvin Hubbard, 18, of 83 College Ave., had been a suspect in the theft of cash from an open safe at Cumberland Farms, at about 3:40 a.m. Tuesday.

Bryan, Barrows and Wells reportedly knew Hubbard had taken the money while the store clerk was distracted and later went to his apartment to confront him, Gardiner said.

They left with money and property.

Hubbard was arrested on a charge of felony theft just after 7:15 p.m. He, too, was taken to the county jail.

Doug Harlow — 612-2367

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