June 24, 2018
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P.I. police arrest teen in vehicle theft

By Julia Bayly, BDN Staff

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A Presque Isle juvenile has been arrested and charged with theft in connection with a car stolen from a parking lot off Main Street early Sunday morning.

Sgt. Joey Seeley of the Presque Isle Police Department said Kayah Hudson, 26, of Presque Isle reported his 1995 red, two-door Honda Civic stolen from where it was parked behind Wilder’s Jewelry.

Hudson reported he had been unable to remove the key as it had become stuck in the ignition.

Just over an hour later Officer Larry Fickett of the Presque Isle Police Department located the car parked at Winney’s Dairy Bar on Parson Street.

Maine State Police Officer Jeff Clark and his tracking dog Hanno tracked from the car to a nearby residence.

Seeley said that based on evidence collected at the car and at the residence a 16-year-old male was arrested and charged with theft.

The boy was released into the custody of his parents and is scheduled to appear in juvenile court on March 12.

In a similar case, Seeley said no arrests have been made in connection with a stolen pickup truck taken from the intersection of State Street and Turner Street the day before.

According to Seeley, Aaron Keirstead, 24, of Presque Isle reported his 1999 black Chevrolet truck stolen at 1:25 a.m. Saturday, Dec. 27.

Just after 9 a.m. that same day, passer-by Herschel Higgins spotted the truck parked on Chapman Street.

“Mr. Higgins had heard the broadcast on his scanner,” Seeley said.

Clark and Hanno were called in and followed a track to a private residence.

No arrests have been made in connection with Keirstead’s truck and the case remains under investigation.

Seeley said that in both instances the keys had been left in the ignitions and the doors were unlocked. No property was stolen from inside either vehicle and both were found less than two miles from where they had been taken.

“Both times it was a case of taking the cars from point A to point B,” Seeley said.

Anyone with any information on the theft of Keirstead’s truck is asked to contact the Presque Isle Police Department.

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