NORTHPORT, Maine — A local man was arrested on theft and drug charges after allegedly stealing a handgun from the glove compartment of a man who gave him a ride home from the grocery store Tuesday.
Ronald Travis, 18, of Flanders Road was charged with burglary of a motor vehicle, theft of a firearm and possession of drug paraphernalia, by Waldo County Sheriff’s Detective Merl Reed and Deputy Ben Seekins.
At the same time, Paul Henderson, 22, of the same address, was charged with cultivating marijuana.
Chief Deputy Robert Keating said Belfast Detective Michael McFadden told Reed that a city man had reported his 1911 model .45-caliber handgun had been stolen from his car. The gun owner was licensed to carry a concealed weapon.
The man realized the gun was missing shortly after he gave Travis and another male a ride from Hannaford Bros. to a home in Northport. The man apparently had left the two men alone in the vehicle for a short time, and police believe that was when the gun was stolen, Keating said.
When Reed and Seekins went to the residence, they found Travis and Henderson at home. Keating said Henderson denied knowing anything about the missing gun. When Reed received permission to look around the residence, he discovered 10 marijuana plants being cultivated in a cupboard in Henderson’s bedroom. When Travis was questioned about the handgun, he took Reed and Seekins outside and showed them where he had hidden it under the oil tank.
The two men were arrested and taken to the Waldo County Jail. Travis was released on $500 bail and Henderson was freed on $300 bail.