May 27, 2018
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Probation check yields arrest after 2-hour search

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

DEXTER, Maine — A man who fled from police Sunday during a probation check was arrested about two hours later and charged with burglary and violation of bail conditions.

Dexter police Officer Gary Morin had gone to the home of Chad Beal, 20, on Dover Road at 11 a.m. for a probation check when Beal bolted from his home, Cpl. Kevin Wintle said Monday. Beal’s probation stipulated that he have no contact with his girlfriend, and she was at his home when Morin arrived, Wintle said.

Dexter police, assisted by Piscataquis County Deputy Dave Wilson and Penobscot County Deputy Jim Roy and his police dog, assisted in a search for Beal that went from Dover Road to Owlsboro Road, across Old Dover Road and Route 7, and on to Nelson Road, where Beal was arrested at 1:25 p.m., according to Wintle. Dexter firefighters assisted the officers by serving as spotters during the search.

Beal was charged with a bail violation. He was not charged with escape because he had not been arrested when he bolted from police, according to Wintle.

While being interrogated after his arrest, Beal allegedly confessed to an Oct. 13 break-in of a Cedar Street home in which about $10,000 worth of items was stolen, Wintle said. Beal also was charged with burglary.

A laptop computer, a diamond ring, a camera and numerous pieces of jewelry were taken in the Cedar Street break-in, and only the camera has been recovered, Wintle said.

Beal will make his initial court appearance on the charge of violation of bail on April 28 in Newport District Court, and on the burglary charge on April 22 in Penobscot County Superior Court.

In an unrelated incident, Officer Daniel Cox arrested Steven Judkins, 52, of Prospect Street on Saturday after a family fight. Wintle said Judkins was charged with obstructing the report of a crime after he allegedly pulled a telephone from a wall. His initial court appearance is set for April 14 in Newport District Court.

Also Saturday, Cpl. Alan Grinnell arrested Neal Scannell, 39, of Ripley on a charge of burglary in connection with a March 4 break-in on Eaton Road. Taken from the home were two rifles and a motorcycle helmet. Scannell also is accused of cutting the water line to the dishwasher, which flooded the kitchen floor of the home, Wintle said. The investigation is continuing and more charges may be pending, the officer said. Scannell is expected to make his initial court appearance on the charge on April 22 in Penobscot County Superior Court.

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