Maine police search for 3 fake cops who robbed medical pot

October 1st, 2014 by admin Leave a reply »

By Nok-Noi Ricker
Bangor Daily News

WINTERPORT, Maine — Police say they have several leads to follow after posting images of three men impersonating law enforcement officers — two dressed in black SWAT team gear and one wearing a sheriff’s office uniform and armed with a handgun — wanted for robbing a local medical marijuana patient.

“We have two very good leads on the identity of two of the suspects and a possible lead on the identity of the third,” Lt. Aaron Hayden of the Maine State Police said Tuesday morning.

Surveillance image of suspects. (Maine State Police Image)

The only detail he would release about the suspects is that they are from Maine.

The trio went to the Winterport property, the location of which police are not releasing to protect the identity of the landowner, wearing clothing impersonating law enforcement personnel at about 7:30 a.m. on Sept. 21, said Stephen McCausland, spokesman for the Maine Department of Public Safety, in a Monday press release. Hayden said Tuesday the landowner is a medical marijuana patient.

After getting into a verbal confrontation with the landowner, the men grabbed an armful of mature marijuana plants and took off running.

The faces of two of the three men, including the armed man who is wearing a sheriff’s office shirt, are clearly visible in surveillance camera images released Monday afternoon by State Police. Investigators believe he is carrying a semi-automatic handgun.

“We received dozens of leads via Facebook and probably another dozen that came through the phone,” Hayden said.

State police detectives have been pursuing

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