FARMINGTON — A Massachusetts man will face felony charges after allegedly robbing a convenience store, brandishing a stake and fleeing in a family pickup truck Tuesday.
Police filed three charges — robbery, criminal threatening and taking without owner’s consent — after William J. Gleeson III, 23, of Marion Place in East Boston, allegedly entered the Cumberland Farms store on Main Street at 11:54 p.m. Police said he wore a knit cap he fashioned as a mask and threatened to strike the clerk with a grade stake before taking an undisclosed amount of cash and two packs of cigarettes, according to interim Police Chief Jay Drury.
Drury said Gleeson found the grade stake — a 3-foot wooden pole commonly found in hardware stores and used by surveyors — in the back of the pickup he allegedly took from his mother’s boyfriend.
“He then returned to the family’s residence, stealing a pickup truck to get to a camp in Maine where he had left his father’s vehicle, believed to be a Black Suburban,” police wrote in a release.
Gleeson was arrested Thursday after Massachusetts State Police investigated a report of erratic operations. They found him passed out behind the wheel of his father’s vehicle along Route 60 in the area of Malden, Mass. He is awaiting extradition to New Hampshire pending the charges in Massachusetts.
Drury said Gleeson was charged with possession of heroin and for being a fugitive from justice in Farmington. He expects Gleeson to return to New Hampshire to be arraigned within a week unless he fights the extradition.
The pickup truck, mask and grade stake were recovered Thursday morning after the family drove up to check on the camp in Maine, according to police.
Anyone with information about the matter is encouraged to contact Sgt. Brian Driscoll or Detective Matthew Embry at 755-2731 or leave an anonymous tip on the department’s crimeline at 755-9797.