May 21, 2018
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Freedom man tied to break-ins across 3 counties

By Walter Griffin

BELFAST, Maine — A Freedom man was jailed Friday in connection with house break-ins committed in three Maine counties.

Derek C. Creasy, 27, was arrested on a probation violation by city police and Waldo County deputy sheriffs after items taken during a break-in at a home in Waldo were found in his vehicle.

He has yet to be charged for the break-ins, and the incident remains under investigation.

The case began at 1:30 p.m. Friday when a Waldo resident reported coming home to find his Moosehead Trail home had been entered and ransacked. Taken were jewelry, a camera and docking station, cash and coin collections.

Waldo County Sheriff’s Detectives Merl Reed and Matt Curtis, Deputy Gerry Lincoln and Maine State Troopers Jason Andrews and Jonah O’Roak responded to the call, and a few hours later Creasy was picked up in Belfast driving a Ford sedan. A subsequent search of the vehicle uncovered the items taken in Waldo.

Also found were two chain saws and pulp hooks taken during a Sept. 7 break-in on Berry Road in Unity.

Based on that information, officers obtained a second search warrant for Creasy’s residence the next day. Found in that search were items taken during break-ins in the Penobscot County town of Dixmont and the Kennebec County town of Albion in September 2008.

Also recovered was a Compaq laptop computer with the screen saver “Keith” whose owner police have been unable to determine.

The Sheriff’s Department is asking anyone who might be able to provide information about the computer to contact Lt. Jason Trundy or Detective Reed at 338-2040.

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