Arrest made in Houlton grocery store burglary

Posted Dec. 10, 2008, at 10:46 a.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:05 a.m.

HOULTON, Maine – A Smyrna man was arrested and charged on Tuesday evening in connection with a Nov. 10 burglary at a local grocery store.

Houlton Police Chief Butch Asselin said that John A. Belyea Jr, 25, was arrested just after 5 p.m. and charged with burglarizing Andy’s IGA after evidence linked him to the crime.

The burglary took place after a torch was used to cut an entry into the overhead loading dock door of the store.

After entering the building, a torch was used to burn through the safe door.

Approximately $15,000 in cash, a number of cigarettes and the store’s video surveillance system were taken during the burglary.

The burglary was discovered after an employee arrived at the IGA just before 5:30 a.m.

Belyea was taken to the Aroostook County Jail and charged with burglary, theft, and aggravated criminal mischief.

Bail was set at $20,000 cash for each count.

Detective Carolyn Crandall and Sgt. Eric Crouse are heading up the investigation, which remains ongoing, according to Asselin. Officer Jerad Sylvia also assisted in the investigation.

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