SOUTH HIRAM, Maine — On May 9, deputies from the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office, York County, Sheriff’s Office along with troopers from the Maine State Police investigated a report of an armed robbery at Route 160 Ice Cream on Brownfield Road in South Hiram.
A few days later, on May 13, an armed robbery also occurred at the Village Variety Store in Limerick, Maine.
According to Sgt. Timothy Ontengco, lead investigator from the Oxford County Sheriff’s Office, "Investigators from York and Oxford counties quickly determined that both robberies were related, and the investigation intensified.
"York County detectives and Oxford County Sheriff's deputies worked tirelessly on both robberies and followed up on every lead," he said.
Eventually, cooperative investigative efforts by members of the York County Sheriff’s Office, Oxford County Sheriff’s Office, Maine State Police, Cape Elizabeth Police, Montana Highway Patrol and Sanders County, Mont., Sheriff’s Office led to the suspects in both robberies being apprehended in Montana.
They were identified as Connor McGlone, 22, of Wolfeboro and Puama'ole DeGrandis, 21, of Cape Elizabeth, Maine.
Both suspects confessed to investigators in regards to their role in the Hiram and Limerick robberies.
It was determined that DeGrandis had stolen a family member’s Ford SUV from Cape Elizabeth and used the vehicle in the robberies.
According to Ontengco, "The suspects then fled Maine in the stolen vehicle. They headed toward the West Coast, where they were apprehended by the Montana Highway Patrol after Maine authorities learned of the suspects’ whereabouts.
McGlone and DeGrandis were taken to the Sanders County Jail in Thompson Falls, Mont., Ontengco said, and the two are being held at the Sanders County Jail and are awaiting extradition back to Maine to face charges.