June 19, 2018
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Belfast man sought in burglaries flees police, found hiding in van

By Walter Griffin

BELFAST, Maine — A local man was jailed on burglary charges after trying to give authorities the slip by hiding in a van, police said Thursday.

Emery Tenney, 30, of Waterville Road was arrested Wednesday and charged with burglary of a residence, burglary of a motor vehicle, receiving stolen property and refusing to submit to arrest. He was booked at the Waldo County Jail where bail was set at $7,500 cash or $30,000 surety.

Police Chief Jeffrey Trafton said Tenney was arrested soon after police received reports of four burglaries in one neighborhood that morning.

Two car break-ins were reported shortly after 9 a.m. on Sheppard Road, and two house break-ins were reported around 11 a.m. on the West Waldo Road (Route 7). Cigarettes, recorded music and videos, prescription drugs and cash were among the items taken in the burglaries.

“We immediately suspected Mr. Tenney because he has a history of this stuff and he’d been seen in the area,” Trafton said Thursday. “One of the houses that was hit, when the woman left early that morning she saw him standing at the end of her driveway.”

Trafton said Officer Bryan Cunningham suspected that Tenney might attempt to avoid arrest by running off, so Cunningham requested Maine State Police Trooper Steve Hills and his tracking dog Ruger to be in the area.

When Cunningham knocked on the door of Tenney’s home, Tenney jumped from a second-story window and ran off. Ruger picked up the scent and tracked Tenney to a van behind Webba’s Roadhouse.

Trafton said Cunningham secured Tenney’s home and waited while Detective Michael McFadden obtained a search warrant. The warrant was issued at 5 p.m., and police found evidence believed to be connected to a number of burglaries inside Tenney’s apartment.

Trafton said police were identifying the items recovered and returning them to their owners. He said the case remains under investigation and additional charges were likely.

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