State police investigate minivan arson

Posted May 19, 2010, at 8:28 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 11:44 a.m.

EASTBROOK, Maine — State police have developed and are chasing down several leads in a case involving the theft and destruction of a minivan that was set on fire last week, according to State Trooper Cliff Peterson on Wednesday.

“It’s believed the van was destroyed to destroy the evidence [of the theft],” Peterson said. “We have a good idea of what happened that night.”

The van was taken from a home on Route 200 late May 11 or early May 12, he said. It was found the next night when a vehicle fire in a gravel pit off Cards Crossing Road in Franklin was reported, he said.

Peterson said the State Fire Marshal’s Office is investigating how the fire was set. He said he was not sure of the value of the 2007 Chrysler minivan, but estimated it was worth more than $10,000.

The theft appears to have been one of opportunity, according to Peterson. He said police believe more than one person passing by on foot was involved in the crime.

Police do not believe the van owner was specifically targeted in the theft and arson, Peterson said.