Juveniles linked to Presque Isle burglaries

Posted July 20, 2010, at 9:01 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 29, 2011, at 11:54 a.m.

PRESQUE ISLE, Maine — Two juveniles were charged on Monday and Tuesday by the Presque Isle Police Department in connection with a string of car burglaries in the city.

The juveniles, whose ages were unavailable Tuesday, were charged by Officer Peter Johnson with several counts each of burglary, criminal attempt and theft.

The burglaries occurred over the past few weeks, according to police, and several took place in the overnight hours of July 13.

An investigation began after the department received a number of phone calls from residents telling police vehicles had been entered and items were missing.

The bulk of the items stolen were loose coins and other small articles, according to Johnson.

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An investigation soon pointed to the juveniles, and some of the stolen items were recovered and have since been returned to their rightful owners.

Johnson said that the investigation continues, adding that he expects to bring charges against a third juvenile.

Police advise residents to keep their vehicles locked and to keep valuables hidden out of sight in the vehicle to discourage burglars.

Officers also urge residents to call the department at 764-4476 if their cars have been entered or if they have been the victim of a theft of property since July 13 so that police might recover the missing items.

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