UPDATED: Rockland Police charge man with robbery at Shaws Supermarket

Tue, 12/06/2022 - 2:00pm

    Dec. 6, 2022 — Lucas Ross, 25, made his initial court appearance in Knox County Court via zoom Dec. 5 after he was arrested for a robbery at Shaws Supermarket in Rockland Dec. 2.

    At the hearing, the judge set his bail at $5,000 cash. The suspect currently remains in custody at the Knox County Jail in Rockland on a probation violation.  

    Ross was initially charged by Rockland Police with burglary, disorderly conduct, and attempted escape. He is also facing charges additional charges of assault and theft. 

    According to the police affidavit filed in court by Rockland Police, they were dispatched to Shaws Dec. 2 around 11:35 a.m. for a disorderly complaint of a customer who was physically fighting with a store employee. When police arrived at the scene, they saw Ross running towards the store’s loading dock. He was located laying down in the bushes and was “highly intoxicated” with slurred speech.

    The Shaws employee who was assaulted told police that he usually works out of the Bangor store in asset protection but was called to Rockland because the store was having issues with Ross allegedly stealing several items daily from the store.

    On Dec. 2, the employee said that when he watched Ross on the store’s security video camera he observed him concealing steaks and liquor. He followed the suspect outside and told him that he needed to pay for the items. Ross allegedly became confrontational and punched the employee in the face and tried to attack him several times, according to the court document.

    The value of the stolen items was $57.74.

    Ross was transported to Pen Bay Medical Center in Rockport due to his reported high level of intoxication and being suicidal, police said. He attempted to escape from custody while he was waiting to be treated at the emergency room.

    He is scheduled to appear in court again March 2.

    ROCKLAND — Rockland police responded to Shaw’s Supermarket at 11:35 a.m. Dec. 2 for a report of a male stealing from the store and fighting with employees.

    Upon the officer's arrival, Rockland Police made contact with 25-year-old Lucas Ross, who was trying to flee the scene, according to a news release.

    Through their investigation, officers learned that Ross had assaulted an employee while stealing items from the store.

    Ross was arrested and transported to Pen Bay Medical Center, to be cleared before transport to the jail. While at Pen Bay Medical Center, Lucas attempted to escape custody but was quickly apprehended.

    Ross was transported to the Knox County Jail and booked on the charges of robbery (Class A), disorderly conduct, and attempted escape. Ross is also being held on a probation hold, according to police.

    Anyone with information or anyone who witnessed the incident and has not already spoken to law enforcement is asked to contact Det. Sgt. Alex Gaylor at (207) 594-0316 Ext. 253 or AGAYLOR@ROCKLANDMAINE.GOV.

    Reach Sarah Shepherd at news@penbaypilot.com