Police make progress in theft probes

Posted Aug. 14, 2010, at 1:16 a.m.
Samara Rollins, 33, arrested by Old Town Police Dept. (Photo courtesy of Penobscot County Sheriff's Office)
Samara Rollins, 33, arrested by Old Town Police Dept. (Photo courtesy of Penobscot County Sheriff's Office)

OLD TOWN, Maine — An Old Town woman and a teenage girl have been charged in connection with a rash of car burglaries earlier this month and police expect to charge three others next week, police Detective Tom Adams said Friday.

Samara Rollins, 33, was arrested on Aug. 7 on a charge of receiving stolen property after Old Town police executed a search warrant at her residence at Lincoln Green Apartments, Adams said.

Rollins was released on bail the same day, an official at Penobscot County Jail confirmed.

Adams said that a 16-year-old girl, whose name is being withheld because of her age, also was charged with receiving stolen property.

He said the teenager, who also was charged on Aug. 7, was released from the police station through an arrangement with a juvenile corrections official.

The department expects to charge three males, two of them juveniles, early next week for the actual burglaries, Adams said.

Adams said the three males are suspects in a car burglary spree on the night of Aug. 2 through the next morning. About 45 vehicles — all of them unlocked — were hit, he said.

Adams said Friday that a break in the case came last week, when the Police Department received a tip from the public that led them to Rollins’ apartment. Though Rollins initially consented to a search of her home, she changed her mind after it was under way, he said.

Police returned with a search warrant and found numerous items, including electronic devices, that had been reported stolen from cars and trucks across the city, he said.

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