HOULTON, Maine — Two people believed responsible for a series of car burglaries in a local neighborhood were charged Tuesday in connection with the crimes.
Police Chief Butch Asselin said the incident unfolded when a female resident on Sunnyside Street called police just before 3 a.m. Tuesday and said she saw two people in her vehicle who were now walking down South Street toward Columbia Street.
A few minutes later, Houlton police Sgt. Eric Crouse and Officers Jared Sylvia and Randall Wilson, together with a U.S. Border Patrol agent, began searching the area.
Asselin said two males matching the description given by the resident were located quickly on Columbia Street. The chief said both individuals were known to police and told investigators they were out “car shopping.”
“Upon further inquiry, it was learned that ‘car shopping’ meant they were committing car burglaries,” Asselin said.
Police said the two suspects had split up and were targeting vehicles not equipped with car alarms in search of money and cigarettes. Investigators are trying to determine how many vehicles were involved.
While no evidence was recovered from the suspects, the chief said Ryan Parks, 19, of Danforth and a 16-year-old Houlton boy were charged with burglary of a motor vehicle. Parks also was summoned for possession of drug paraphernalia.
Parks was arrested and the juvenile was released to the custody of a parent.
Asselin credited the officers involved and lauded the complainant for helping to nab the pair and curtail further burglaries.
If you are a resident in the South, Columbia or Sunnyside streets area and suspect your vehicle may have been burglarized overnight, contact the Houlton Police Department at 532-2287.