BELFAST, Maine — The Waldo County Sheriff’s Department is investigating two similar house break-ins in Montville and Liberty and the theft of a boat from a camp on Swan Lake in Swanville.
The break-ins in the adjoining towns of Montville and Liberty are thought to be related. Doors were kicked in in both incidents and jewelry boxes were stolen, Chief Deputy Robert Keating said Tuesday.
The Montville break-in occurred on Center Road and was reported at 12:30 p.m. Monday. The homeowner told Detective Matt Curtis and Deputy Glen Graef that she had left home that morning and that when she returned she found her side door had been kicked in. A search of the home revealed that a jewelry box had been re-moved from the top of a dresser, the dresser had been searched, and some pieces of antique jewelry had been taken from a closet. The victim is in the process of compiling a list of the items taken, Keating said.
At 5:45 p.m. Monday, deputies received a call from a homeowner on Pinnacle Road in Liberty reporting that the side door to the house had been kicked in. The owner waited outside until Sgt. James Porter and Deputy Ben Wheeler arrived and then entered the house. The victim reported that a jewelry box had been removed from the top of a dresser and that the dresser drawers had been opened and searched. A list of items taken in that incident also is being compiled, Keating said.
In a separate incident in Swanville, Keating said a boat was stolen from a camp on Swan Lake. The theft was reported by the camp owner at 11:35 a.m. Monday.
Keating said the victim discovered the theft at his Swan Lake Avenue camp after having been gone for a month. The boat last was seen on the lawn in front of the camp. Taken was a 14-foot-long Starcraft aluminum boat with a tan interior and an 8-horsepower Evinrude motor. A life jacket and paddle left in the boat also were missing.
Deputy Ben Seekins was assigned the investigation.