Tuesday, May 16, 2006

Suspect Arrested in Coffee Shop Robbery

Portland police officers arrested Jeffrey Rice, 37, of Limington on May 15th, on charges related to the robbery of a coffee shop on Warren Avenue. Rice was being sought by detectives and was arrested on Cumberland Avenue after patrol officers spotted his car.

Rice is accused of robbing the Bellingham Coffee Company at 529 Warren Avenue on Saturday, May 13. The lone female clerk on duty reported at 5:45 P.M. that a man began banging on the back door of the shop. The victim moved to a secluded part of the small shop to hide. The man then climbed through the drive-through window and pointed a handgun at her, demanding cash. He stole money from the cash register and safe before leaving through the rear door and fleeing in a car parked in the lot. The clerk was not injured

Rice is charged with armed robbery and burglary - both Class A crimes, punishable by imprisonment for up to 30 years. He is currently being held without bail at the Cumberland County Jail.


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