Man charged with trafficking in drugs, possession after shoplifting complaint

Apr 17, 2018
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Rockland — Rockland police officers received a complaint at about 5 p.m. Monday, April 16, from a clerk at the Maritime Farms Store on Route 1 in Rockland regarding a male who had just left the store after stealing DVDs, according to a press release from the Rockland Police Department.

The subject attempted to conceal the DVDs in his pants, but was spotted by store employees. When the subject was confronted by store employees, he fled the store with the DVDs. It was reported that the suspect had fled the scene in a silver Jeep and was last seen traveling into Rockland on Route 1. The store clerk making the complaint was able to provide responding officers with the registration number on the Jeep and also advised that the incident occurred about five minutes prior to the complaint's being made.

Just after receiving the complaint, a Rockland police officer observed the vehicle traveling north on Camden Street, the release said. The officer attempted to stop the vehicle by activating his emergency lights and siren, but the operator refused to stop and was observed moving around inside the vehicle. After traveling approximately a half-mile at speeds below the posted speed limit, the vehicle turned into a shopping plaza, where it eventually came to a stop.

The operator of the vehicle was compliant with officers' instructions, according to the release, and just before exiting the vehicle officers observed a DVD case fall out of the suspect's pant leg and onto the floor of the vehicle. Officers also observed other DVDs in the back seat of the vehicle.

The suspect exited the vehicle and was taken into custody at this time. After securing the suspect in the back seat of a cruiser, officers returned to the vehicle and at this time observed two baggies on the ground where the suspect had been standing prior to being taken into custody. Both of these baggies contained a white, powdery substance. It was determined that one of the baggies contained approximately 5 grams of heroin and the other baggie contained approximately 3 grams of crack cocaine.

As a result of this investigation, Brian Caggiano, 35, of Veazie, was arrested for theft, which was a Class C offense, because of prior convictions, trafficking in Fentanyl, a Class B offense, possession of crack cocaine, a Class D offense, and failing to stop for an officer, a Class E offense.

Comments (3)
Posted by: Valerie Wass | Apr 18, 2018 16:15

Holding my stomach from laughing at Ian Emmott's comment!

Posted by: Ian Emmott | Apr 18, 2018 15:43

I heard he was trying to steal “Dumb and Dumber”

Posted by: Mary Lynn Warren | Apr 18, 2018 09:15

Good work to store clerks and Rockland Police! We all need to work together to rid our beautiful area of these Horrible drugs that are consuming it! Drugs that are killing people of all ages in the community! Again Thank you! Keep up the good work!

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