June 25, 2018
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2 boys charged in Hancock County vehicle thefts

By Bill Trotter, BDN Staff

ELLSWORTH, Maine — Two 17-year-old boys are facing felony theft charges and may face more in connection with a string of vehicle thefts in eastern Hancock County, according to police.

Lt. Tim Cote of the Hancock County Sheriff’s Department said Friday that the boys are from Bar Harbor and Sullivan. Their names are not being released because they are juveniles, Cote said.

Both boys are being held at Mountain View Youth Development Center in Charleston, according to the lieutenant.

The duo is accused of stealing a 1994 Dodge car from a driveway in Hancock in late May, according to Cote. The vehicle later was found and recovered unscathed in Franklin, he said.

“They were planning to use it,” Cote said of the car. “There was no damage to it.”

The pair also is accused of stealing two motorcycles in Hancock a few days before the car was stolen, Cote said. One motorcycle was stolen from a Washington Junction Road property and the other from a property on Route 1, he said. Both motorcycles were recovered without any damage.

One of the boys also is facing burglary charges for allegedly taking cash and stereo equipment from another car on Thorsen Road in Hancock, according to Cote.

“There will be more charges pending,” he said.

Cote said police are looking into the possibility that the vehicle thefts are connected to an incident around the same time in which a minivan was stolen in Eastbrook and then set on fire in Franklin.

In that case, which is being investigated by Maine State Police, the 2007 Chrysler minivan was demolished in the blaze. Cote referred further questions about the van arson to Maine State Police.

Trooper Cliff Peterson, the investigating officer in the van arson case, said Friday that the sheriff’s office investigation has turned up information useful to his case. He declined to go into further detail, but said police have consulted with the Hancock County District Attorney’s Office about additional charges that may be filed.

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