Colby Bookstore Robbed

An attempted robbery of the Colby College bookstore ended in an arrest in the Eustis parking lot on September 18, 2015. The Echo reached out to Head of Security Pete Chevernert, Waterville’s Deputy Chief of Police  Charles Rumsey and Officer Matt Libby to understand the crime. Two individuals, who appeared  older than the average college student, entered the bookstore and claimed they wanted to sell some textbooks. Their age and demeanor raised suspicions among the bookstore staff, who then looked to the video cameras for evidence of textbook theft.  After the incident, Waterville’s investigative policeman, Matt Libby,    wrote a report on the incident.

Augusta police later found the individuals responsible when they attempted to commit the same crime at the University of Maine-Augusta bookstore. Prior to this, the pair successfully shoplifted from other businesses in Augusta. The clerk at the bookstore confronted Dan Doody, 33, and was able to recover the stolen property. The Augusta police tracked down Doody and his 23-year-old girlfriend, Rhianna Twoney, in their car in the Augusta Wal-Mart parking lot. Both Twoney and Doody hail from Portland, Maine. There were warrants outstanding for Doody, and he was arrested after a confrontation outside the store. Twoney was not charged, but  the Augusta police consulted a database where Libby had posted his incident report, resulting in Twoney being charged with a summons. While Twoney was released from the Augusta station, Doody was moved to Cumberland County jail, where he refused to cooperate with Libby. While Twoney initially said she would explain her story to Libby, she then ceased to answer phone calls and answer her home door. She later claimed she only wanted to talk to Libby if she had a lawyer.

However, on October 20, Twoney turned up again at the bookstore. The staff had been on the lookout for her, so they called security, who then asked the police for assistance to be on standby. When Twoney filled her backpack full of books and attempted to leave, security was there to meet and arrest her. Her bail was set at $500 cash, but she was unable  to get the money. She was then taken to Kennebec County jail and charged with a Class D misdemeanor for shoplifting. Twoney was also found with hypodermic apparatus needles, used for drug injection, which is also a class D crime. She will appear before the court on January 5, 2016 at Waterville district court at 8:30 a.m. The most severe possible sentence would be a year in jail with fine of $2,000.

The total value of the stolen texts is around $1,000 from Colby, in addition to  thousands more from other institutions up and down the coast of Maine. The motive for theft is unknown to Chenevert, but he suspects that drugs could be the answer:“They were looking for quick money, which usually is drug related,” he said. Waterville Deputy Chief Charles Rumsey noted, “People must draw their own conclusions.” He added, “These are difficult cases because textbooks don’t have serial codes, so it’s hard to tell where they came from. It was a lot of leg work, interviews, videos, and a lot of solid police work on Officer Libby’s part.”

Colby’s bookstore is equipped with camera systems for “after the fact” action. Chenevert said, “we don’t want the clerks to confront anyone because that is dangerous so we get it on camera, and then get the police involved. It is the safest and most efficient way.” This bust was a success for both Waterville Police and Colby security. Catching the perpetrators is a deterrent for future crimes, so both departments are content with their work. Erin Figel ’16, a student employee in the Colby bookstore,  commented, “Security and the Waterville police were on top of it. They showed up in a matter of minutes and helped us track down the robbers who had been hitting campus bookstores up and down Maine. I was shocked to hear that we had had people stealing textbooks. I’d never heard of that being a problem at the bookstore before.” 

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