SACO - This week a New Hampshire man pleaded guilty to three counts of robbery that occurred in Saco and Biddeford last spring, according to Jeffery Holland, Saco’s deputy police chief.
He said that Wayne Thompson, 27, of Derry, N.H. entered his pleas on Monday, May 20, at the York County Superior Court in Alfred. For three Class B robberies, Thompson received a sentence of 10 years in prison with all but four years suspended from Justice Paul A. Fritzsche.
Following his prison term Thompson will also be on probation for three years. The conditions of his probation include substance abuse and psychological evaluations and follow up counseling, no contact with the robbery victims, no entry into the Cumberland Farms in Saco, and random searches and testing for alcohol or illegal drugs, Holland said.
According to police, in the early morning hours of April 15, 2012 Roger Menard of Twin City Taxi picked up a man, later identified as Thompson, as a fare in the Hill Street area of Biddeford. Thompson got in the back of the cab and told Menard he had a knife and to give him all his money.
The next day, April 16, 2012, the same taxi driver was dispatched to Middle Street in Saco for a fare. Thompson again entered the cab, in the front seat this time. Police said that Thompson told Menard, “I have a knife, just like last night. Give me your money or I will use it.”
Later that same day, Thompson entered the Cumberland Farms store on Elm Street in Saco and threatened the clerk. Thompson told the worker to give him the money in the cash register and the employee complied by handing cash over to him, Holland said.
He said further investigation showed that Thompson fled the state by taking the Amtrak Downeaster train to Massachusetts but his movements eventually led authorities to his home in New Hampshire.