LINCOLN, Maine — Police have issued a summons to a local man in connection with a July 18 break-in in which a laptop computer was stolen, Police Chief Scott Minckler said Tuesday.
The man, whom Minckler declined to identify because the summons has not yet reached court officials, was summoned for receiving stolen property, Minckler said. The case is pending.
Police found the suspect when the victim, a Taylor Street resident, told police of receiving a telephone call two days after the theft from someone saying where the laptop could be found.
“He told [the homeowner] that the laptop was in a garbage can outside the junior high,” Minckler said Monday.
There the laptop was found, minus only its power cord. Officer Robert Smith met later with the caller and developed enough information to warrant the summons, Minckler said.
Investigators do not believe the Taylor Street theft is connected to others reported since June 1. “At least, not yet, we don’t,” Minckler said.
At least 12 business, residential and vehicle burglaries have occurred in town since the beginning of June, police have said. Mike’s Auto Repair on River Road and Ramsay Welding & Machine Inc. on Enfield Road are among four businesses and homes burglars hit from July 1 to 3, Minckler has said.
The July burglaries are in addition to a half-dozen break-ins or attempted break-ins in which more than $2,000 worth of items were stolen in early June.
The Ballard Hill Community Center on Pleasant Street, Lincoln Trading & Pawn at 29 West Broadway, several vehicles parked downtown and an Evergreen Drive home were burglarized or targeted in June, police have said.
Nintendo Wii video game consoles and games, loose change, small appliances and some prescription drugs were stolen. Most of the burglaries appear to be quick-hit break-ins in which the thief or thieves target items that can produce cash quickly, such as jewelry or small appliances, police have said.
The burglary cases have produced one arrest. Brandon Tolman, 23, of Lincoln was charged on July 23 with receiving stolen property — the Wii machinery, which was returned to the town — in connection with the Ballard Hill burglary on June 9. That case is pending.
In other police news:
• Two juveniles who police said were caught vandalizing the town’s beach house at Prince Thomas Park off Mattanawcook Lake will make restitution and apologize for their actions with a letter, Town Manager Lisa Goodwin said. The suspects’ probation officer relayed the information to the town last week, Goodwin said. The youths were throwing rocks at and inside the building, Minckler said.
Goodwin and Minckler attributed the successful police action to residents’ reporting the vandalism promptly and reserve police officer Jay Hallett getting there quickly.
“He was on scene within minutes,” Minckler said.
“That’s one of the benefits of having people acting as eyes for us,” Goodwin said.
In response to the burglaries, she and police have been urging residents to call 911 promptly to report suspicious activity, an effort that has been meeting with limited success, Minckler said.
He held a community forum last week in which he announced plans to create a citizens police academy to train residents to, among other things, watch for and report criminal and suspicious activity. Minckler hopes to have the academy proposal ready within six months.
• Last month was the busiest month police have had in at least two years, Minckler said. A total of 428 incidents were reported. In the next-busiest month, June 2009, 404 incidents were reported.
“We have been averaging right around the 300 range, I would say,” Minckler said. “We were quite busy.”