May 22, 2018
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Man, two teens charged in Kingsbury vandalism

By Diana Bowley, BDN Staff

KINGSBURY PLANTATION, Maine — An Abbot man was charged Saturday with extensively damaging a Kingsbury home for the second time.

Police have charged Corey Cookson, 31, with two counts of burglary, two counts of aggravated mischief and one count of assault. His initial court appearance is set for May 24 in Dover-Foxcroft District Court.

Two other males, ages 12 and 15, also will be charged in connection with the break-in at the Route 16 home that was once a hotel, Investigator Guy Dow of the Piscataquis County Sheriff’s Department said Sunday.

While significant damage was done to the home in a break-in last week, Dow said, more than $5,000 worth of additional damage was done on a return visit Saturday. The vandals took an ax and damaged about six pieces of antique furniture, he said. For example, one arm was chopped from a chair and the glass was broken from a china cabinet. In addition, the vandals broke dishes, knickknacks, windows, a cellar door and pushed over cabinets and desks. Damage also was done to an adjacent garage. Dow said a door and windows were smashed in and several bags of calcium were ripped open and scattered about. The calcium was being stored there for use on the local roads, he said.

Dow said the Sheriff’s Department received a call at 5 p.m. Saturday of a possible drunken driver in Abbot and the caller provided a license plate number. When police arrived, the vehicle was gone. The license plate was registered to a West Road resident in Abbot.

About an hour later, police received a call from a motorist who reported that a man and two juveniles had just left the former hotel at the dam. The motorist reported the license plate number from the trio’s vehicle, which was the same license plate reported earlier in connection with the drunken driver report, Dow said.

Dow said he and Investigator Alan Emerson of the Sheriff’s Department went to the home of the vehicle’s owner. Outside the home, Dow said, Emerson saw a man push a woman. That man, Corey Cookson, was then arrested on an assault charge.

During an interview with one of two juveniles at Cookson’s home, Dow said, one of them allegedly admitted that he, the other juvenile and Cookson had caused the damage at the Kingsbury home. Alcohol had been involved in the incident, Dow said.

The incident is still under investigation and further charges may be pending against Cookson, Dow said.

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