May 21, 2018
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2 arrested in Caribou home invasion

By Jen Lynds, BDN Staff

CARIBOU, Maine — An early morning home invasion that occurred earlier this week may have been solved with the arrest of two men during a traffic stop.

Caribou police Officer Kevin St. Peter said Wednesday that Luke Gagnon, 21, of New Sweden and Michael Schmeltz, 19, of Massachusetts were charged with burglary, theft and assault.

Police began looking into the invasion incident Monday after receiving a call for assistance just before 1 a.m.

According to police, the home invasion occurred on Van Buren Road when two men reportedly forced a door open to gain access to the residence where a young male and a female were inside. The ages of the victims were not available, but the two reportedly are related.

While inside, the suspects allegedly burglarized the home and assaulted the male with a shovel before fleeing. Police did not indicate what was stolen. It was not known Wednesday whether Gagnon or Schmeltz knew the victims.

St. Peter said Wednesday that Gagnon and Schmeltz were arrested later that day during a routine stop for a traffic violation after an investigation by Officer Keith Ouellette. Information on the specific violation was not available Wednesday.

Gagnon and Schmeltz are scheduled to appear in court next month.

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