PI police probe car break-ins

Posted Nov. 29, 2009, at 8:59 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:38 a.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — A local man was summoned on Saturday on four counts of burglary to a motor vehicle.

Dana Patten, 20, is expected to make his initial appearance Feb. 24 in Presque Isle District Court. More charges may be pending, according to Presque Isle police Sgt. Joey Seeley.

The charges were the result of an investigation into a reported break-in on Saturday.

Seeley said a worker at the Presque Isle Indoor Pool, 84 Mechanic St., reported her vehicle had been broken into and that her purse was missing.

Seeley said the purse was recovered from a Dumpster at The Forum next door to the pool.

Seeley and Officer Kevin Reed, who investigated the break-in, discovered that more than 20 other vehicles were either entered or an entry was attempted in the areas of Exchange, Water, State and Turner streets. Seeley believes that other vehicles may have been entered over the past two to three weeks, but their owners have not reported the incidents to police because items may not have been taken from them.

Seeley is encouraging motorists to call the department at 764-4476 if they suspect their vehicles were illegally entered or if they see anything suspicious.

Thieves are taking anything of value that can be resold or pawned to get money, Seeley said. Residents and visitors should be sure the doors to their vehicles and their homes are locked.

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