Police Report Commercial Burglaries at Gas Stations and Cigarette Shops Citywide


By Carol McCracken  (Post # 2,533)

The Hilltop Superette, 135 Congress Street, was one of six commercial venues that have been  burglarized since December 16th, 2015. according to a press release released by the Portland Police Department today.

All burglaries have occurred during the overnight hours and entry was gained by either prying doors or breaking glass.  Items stolen include cash and large quantities of cigarettes.

Other burglaries have occurred at:

Peace Food Market, 21 Chestnut Street, on December 24th,

Cigarette Shopper, 263 St. John St. on December 30th

Jakes’ Quik Stop, 205 Brighton Avenue on January 10th

The Riverton Gas Station, 1585 Forest Avenue on January 10th and 11th, and

Clipper Mart, 55 Riverside Street on January 11th.

Images have been obtained of at least two male suspects  Police are working to determine the identities of the suspects shown in these images.  Officers have increased patrols around various markets and gas stations.  We encourage businesses to limit any cash they leave in a business at night and to evaluate the placement of surveillance systems.

Anyone with investigative information, please contact the Portland Police Detective Bureau at 207 – 874-8533.  For emergency calls please contact the Portland Police Communications Center by dialing 911 or at 874-8575 for non-emergencies.