WATERVILLE — A Waterville man is in jail after allegedly breaking into an adult novelty shop Saturday night and stealing several items.

Robert Bishop, 32, of 8 High St., Apt. 1, was arrested early Sunday and charged with two counts of burglary and one count of theft, according to Deputy police Chief Charles Rumsey.

Rumsey said Bishop apparently used a cement parking barrier to smash the glass in the front door of 1st Amendment Adult Book Video at 68 College Ave.

“He stole two glass pipes — they are a type of pipe that is commonly used to smoke marijuana — three packages of rolling papers and one spray can of pheromone attractant, like a spray cologne, supposedly a spray that attracts women,” Rumsey said.

At 11:50 p.m. Saturday, police responded to a burglary alarm at the shop and found the front door smashed, Rumsey said.

An attempt to track the burglar with a state police dog was unsuccessful, he said.

Waterville police Detective Lincoln Ryder took photos and prints for evidence and the business owner covered the broken door with cardboard.

Then, at 3 a.m., the alarm sounded again. Sgt. Bill Bonney arrived at the store in less than a minute and he saw a man coming around the building, according to Rumsey.

Bonney detained Bishop, who was well known to police, Rumsey said. “He’s very familiar to us, from previous dealings,” Rumsey said.

Bishop had the stolen items with him at the time, Rumsey said.

“His hands were bloody and there was blood inside the building,” he said.

Rumsey estimated the value of the stolen items at $100 and the damaged door at several hundred dollars.

Bishop’s bail was set at $1,250 cash and he was taken to Kennebec County jail in Augusta Sunday, Rumsey said. He is scheduled to appear in Kennebec County Superior Court at 8:30 a.m. Dec. 13, he said. He remained in jail Monday, according to a jail spokesman.

According to Waterville police records, Bishop was convicted in 2001 with theft by receiving stolen property.

Amy Calder — 861-9247

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