Teens charged after border incident

Posted Sept. 24, 2008, at 1:07 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:55 a.m.

HOULTON — Two juveniles from southern Maine who allegedly stole a car and tried to evade U.S. Border Patrol officials when they realized they were getting extra scrutiny at the Houlton port of entry have been summoned for multiple crimes.

State Police Sgt. Julie Bergan said Wednesday that the incident took place Monday at the Houlton border crossing.

According to Bergan, a 16-year-old male from Augusta was operating a stolen black Jeep Cherokee and was accompanied by a 13-year-old female from South Gardiner.

The vehicle had been stolen from the young man’s mother in Augusta, according to Bergan. The 16-year-old was driving despite having a suspended license.

The pair drove north and attempted to enter Canada through the Houlton port of entry. When Canadian officials referred them for secondary inspection, the pair reportedly panicked. The male turned the vehicle around and re-entered the United States without stopping at the U.S. border station. Bergan said the pair went through the U.S. inspection lane at an estimated 50 mph.

A U.S. Customs and Border Protection officer contacted the U.S. Border Patrol to locate the vehicle, which eventually was located at an Irving gas station in the Sherman area.

Both teens were taken back to the port of entry and the Maine State Police were contacted.

State Police Trooper Dennis Quint responded to the scene and contacted juvenile corrections authorities about the two teens. The trooper discovered that the girl was listed as a missing person from the Gardiner area and the boy was on a weekend release from an unknown juvenile intake center when he stole the vehicle.

Bergan said Quint also learned the Augusta Police Department had received a report that the boy also had stolen $500 from his parents. Police have since recovered $213 of the stolen cash.

The boy was issued juvenile summonses for driving to endanger and operating after suspension. He will answer to those charges in Houlton District Court. He also was summoned to Augusta District Court on a charge of unauthorized use of property and also is facing additional theft charges for the stolen money, according to Bergan.

He also faces federal charges for failing to submit to inspection when coming back into the U.S.

The girl was summoned for her part in the motor vehicle theft.

Both teens were taken to the Aroostook County Jail by order of the juvenile intake officer and were immediately transferred back to Augusta.

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