May 27, 2018
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Pittsfield man charged with burglary

By Abigail Curtis, BDN Staff

BURNHAM, Maine — Police nabbed a music-loving burglar Wednesday who allegedly admitted to stealing more than $1,000 worth of music equipment from two storage buildings on North Main Street.

Michael L. Cookson, 18, of Pittsfield, was arrested on two charges of Class C burglary, a felony offense, and one charge of theft by unauthorized taking, according to Chief Deputy Robert Keating of the Waldo County Sheriff’s Office.

The victim of the thefts reported to police that someone had stolen two speakers worth $300, cymbals from a drum set worth $160 and an antique speaker cabinet worth $700 from the buildings where he keeps his musical equipment.

“From the investigation, the property owner indicated there was a guy he had had problems with in the past,” Keating said.

At one point, Cookson had played in a band with the property owner.

Waldo County Sheriff’s Office deputies worked cooperatively with police officials from Somerset County and stopped Cookson, who admitted the thefts, Keating said.

The equipment was recovered and Cookson will appear in Waldo County District Court on Aug. 3, he said.

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