WATERVILLE — Police on Tuesday arrested a woman in connection with a June 4 burglary at JR’s Trading & Pawn shop on Elm Street.

Megan Gagne, 26, listed as transient, was charged with class B burglary, a felony; possession of a firearm by a prohibited person, a class C felony; and theft of a firearm, a class B felony, according to police Chief Joseph Massey.

An assault-type rifle and two handguns were stolen in that burglary.

Massey said Wednesday that after the burglary June 4, Gagne went into the shop and pawned some items and while she was there, employees noticed she took a paintball gun, concealed it under her clothing and walked out of the store.

Employees called police who found her in a vehicle parked down the street, Massey said. He said a the paintball gun was found in the vehicle, as well as the 9-millimeter handgun that was stolen in the burglary.

Detectives Alan Perkins and Chris Paradis determined that some of the items Gagne had pawned at the shop also were stolen, he said. One of the items was a weed wacker stolen in a burglary a few weeks before in Waterville, he said.

In the vehicle with Gagne was David Alvarez, 26, also a transient, who was arrested on a warrant for a probation violation.

Gagne is scheduled to appear in Kennebec County Superior Court July 24.

“We’re very pleased that we were able to get one of the firearms back, but of course, what is very concerning is that there are two more firearms out there,” he said.

“The investigation continues.”

Massey said police believe others were involved in the pawn shop burglary and more people will be charged in the case.


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