Police arrest suspects in PI motorcycle thefts

Posted June 11, 2010, at 1:19 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:54 a.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Two men and two women whom police were seeking in connection with the theft of three motorcycles from a city business are now in police custody.

Presque Isle police Officer Kevin Reed said Friday that all of the suspects allegedly involved in the theft of the bikes from Harry’s Motor Sports early on Tuesday morning are now in custody.

The case originated early Tuesday morning when a caller reported suspicious activity in the area of the railroad tracks behind Elm Street, according to Police Chief Naldo Gagnon.

Several individuals who were on the tracks at about 4:30 a.m. fled on foot when police arrived.

Left behind on the rail bed were three new dirt bikes, with a combined value of about $16,000, that had been stolen from Harry’s Motor Sports. Gagnon said. Also abandoned at the scene was a sedan that police said was used in committing the thefts.

Police immediately arrested a 16-year-old juvenile, who was charged with felony theft. Officers later arrested Troy J. Soucy Jr., 18, and also charged him with felony Class B theft for his involvement. He also was charged with misdemeanor domestic assault for an incident over the weekend, police said. Class B violations are punishable by up to 10 years in jail and a $20,000 fine.

Two men and two women who also were suspects fled the scene.

Reed said that one of the suspects, Philip Chasse, 32, turned himself in to police on Wednesday. He was charged with felony Class B theft and released on bail with a $5,000 unsecured bond.

Early on Thursday morning, Presque Isle officers, assisted by the Maine State Police, executed a search warrant at 24A Howard St. in Presque Isle. Officers secured the warrant after repeated requests for the occupants to come to the door were ignored.

Once inside the residence, officers arrested Robert L. Fitzsimmons, 27, and Hilary R. Bush, 21, for felony Class B theft in connection with the incident.

Fitzsimmons also was charged with possession of burglar’s tools, a misdemeanor. He was processed and taken to the Aroostook County Jail in Houlton pending his court appearance. Fitzsimmons’ bail was set at $5,000 cash or $25,000 surety, which he was unable to post.

Bush also was charged with hindering apprehension or prosecution, a Class C felony crime, and with violation of conditions of release, a misdemeanor. Bush had previous warrants for her arrest for violating a protection order, violating conditional release and two assaults. She was taken to the Aroostook County Jail pending her court appearance. Class C crimes are punishable by up to five years in jail and a $5,000 fine.

Late Thursday evening, officers arrested Tanya L. Sutton, 18, at a local residence for her involvement in the incident. Sutton was charged with felony Class B theft and released on bail with a $5,000 unsecured bond.

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