May 21, 2018
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Car burglars caught in the act

By Nok-Noi Ricker, BDN Staff

BREWER, Maine — With the capture of four local residents for breaking into motor vehicles this week, local police say they have solved more than 60 burglaries and recovered hundreds, maybe thousands, of dollars’ worth of stolen items.

Brewer police early Friday morning caught three men wearing backpacks sneaking around a Colonial Circle parking lot breaking into vehicles, according to Brewer police Capt. Jason Moffitt. A fourth, a 17-year-old juvenile from Bangor, also was caught breaking into cars in Brewer this week and arrested, police said.

Jessie Cote, 18, Bryan Reed, 19, both of Brewer and William Gustin, 20, of Bangor, all were charged with burglary to a motor vehicle after being stopped by Corp. Levi Sewall and Officer Amy Nickerson at around 3:11 a.m. Friday.

“The officers quickly determined that the [three] individuals had stolen property in their possession and admitted to committing approximately 25 motor vehicle burglaries in Brewer,” Moffitt said in a press release.

“In addition to the Brewer crimes, the individuals were implicated in a large number of motor vehicle burglaries [estimated at between 30 and 40] in Bangor,” he said.

The criminals broke into the vehicles by simply “opening the doors,” Moffitt said Friday. “They were all unlocked.”

The investigation led police to a North Main Street apartment, where one of the men lived, where police found a number of stolen items, Moffitt said. Items recovered include CD players, a two-way radio, cash and coins and other electronic items, he said.

A number of the items are unclaimed and police are asking those who had items stolen recently to call the department at 989-7001. After the men were summoned for the burglaries, they were turned over to Bangor police, Moffitt said.

The juvenile was caught by police around 4:20 a.m. Tuesday when a resident on Eastern Avenue called police to report a car alarm going off, Moffitt said. When Officers Jeff Gotreau and Nickerson arrived at the apartment complex where the car was located, they converged on the area from different directions, the captain said.

“She apparently saw a flash of light” under a car on Chamberlain Street, he said. While investigating, she noticed “there was a sneaker poking out from underneath the car.”

The juvenile, whom police are not identifying, was linked to nine other recent motor vehicle burglaries and was arrested and charged with burglary to a motor vehicle, Moffitt said. After his arrest, he was released to the custody of his parents, the captain said.

Whether those caught this week will face aggravated charges is still up in the air, Moffitt said.

That decision is “based on prior [convictions] and value” of the stolen items, which have not been determined yet, he said.

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