Second suspect arrested in Houlton IGA burglary

Posted Dec. 17, 2008, at 1:16 p.m.
Last modified Feb. 13, 2011, at 11:05 a.m.

HOULTON, Maine — While investigators have yet to recover any money from the break-in, police have arrested a second suspect in connection with the Nov. 10 burglary of Andy’s IGA in Houlton.

Detective Carolyn Crandall of the Houlton Police Department said Wednesday that Adam Maguire, 24, was arrested late last week and charged with burglary, theft and criminal mischief stemming from the early morning burglary of the grocery store.

A few days prior to Maguire’s arrest, police had arrested John A. Belyea Jr., 25, of Smyrna, and charged him with the same crimes stemming from the incident.

While Belyea is a former employee of the store, Maguire is not, said Crandall.

Belyea had not been employed at the store for several months.

The burglary took place after a torch was used to cut an entry into the overhead loading dock door of the store. A torch was then 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 about 5:30 a.m.

Maguire was taken to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton and is scheduled to appear in court Jan 15. The money taken during the crime has yet to be recovered, Crandall said Wednesday.

At this point, the investigation remains ongoing.

“The two have yet to say if a third person might have been involved in the crime,” Crandall said. “We are keeping the investigation open.”

Crandall and Sgt. Eric Crouse are heading up the investigation. Officer Jerad Sylvia assisted in the investigation.