Police arrest Portland CVS robbery suspect

PORTLAND, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- Portland Police have re-opened a section of Congress Street .

The street was closed between Brown and Casco Streets while police investigated a suspicious device discovered in a trash can. The discovery was made while investigating a robbery at CVS located at 510 Congress Street.

Portland Police have arrested 39-year-old Jason Wayne Campbell of Portland in connection with the robbery at CVS.

Campbell is accused of entering the store at 8:45 Friday morning and displaying what appeared to be an explosive device. He demanded drugs and claimed to be suicidal. After being given an undisclosed amount of prescription drugs, he fled the scene on foot.

Campbell was identified by an employee of CVS who was familiar with him. He was arrested outside of his residence of 40 Alder Street. No one was injured during the robbery.

The Portland Police Department Hazardous Devices Unit examined the device and determined it was not explosive. The device was manufactured using several different components and intended to appear to be an explosive. Police believe this is the same device used by Campbell during the robbery.


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