Police arrest third suspect in Orrington gun shop burglary

Posted Oct. 07, 2010, at 2:19 p.m.

BANGOR, Maine — One of the three men charged in connection with the Aug. 23 burglary and theft at an Orrington gun store has been arrested on U.S. firearms charges after six weeks on the lam, according to federal authorities.

Tyler Damon, 18, of Brewer was arrested Thursday morning on a federal warrant dated Aug. 27 when he appeared at the Penobscot Judicial Center for a first appearance on state charges of burglary, theft and unauthorized use of a vehicle.

At his initial appearance Thursday afternoon in U.S. District Court, U.S. Magistrate Judge Margaret Kravchuk ordered that Damon be held temporarily without bail at Penobscot County Jail. A bail hearing is scheduled for Tuesday.

Assistant U.S. Attorney James McCarthy has asked that Damon be held without bail because of the nature of the charges and because he poses a flight risk.

Damon was charged in late August with theft of firearms from the premises of a federally licensed dealer and possession of stolen guns along with his cousin Corey Ryan Damon, 19, of Millinocket and Brandon Caparotta, 19, of Winterport.

Caparotta is free on $5,000 unsecured bail. Corey Damon is being held without bail at Somerset County Jail pending the outcome of the case. During his bail hearing, the federal prosecutor said that investigators had been unable to find Tyler Damon.

His court-appointed attorney, Bruce Mallonee of Bangor, said after Thursday’s hearing that he was not yet familiar enough with the case to comment on where Tyler Damon had been living the past six weeks or why he had not been in touch with federal authorities.

The Damons were arrested a few hours after the Aug. 23 burglary on charges related to a stolen vehicle Corey Damon allegedly was driving and taken to the Penobscot County Jail, according to an affidavit filed in federal court. Caparotta was arrested on Aug. 26.

Tyler Damon, who initially was charged on Aug. 23 with unauthorized use of a vehicle, was released on bail the same day, according to jail personnel. His court date on that charge was Thursday, according to the Penobscot County District Attorney’s Office.

The owner of the Orrington gun shop was alerted to the burglary by the barking of Buddy, the family dog. Don Barrett, who has operated the gun shop in the basement of his home on Mill Creek Road for 30 years, was awakened by the Jack Russell terrier about 2:45 a.m. Aug. 23.

A few minutes later, he found the door to his shop open and three Winchester rifles on the floor. Barrett told police he saw a car and a truck leaving the scene.

While investigating the burglary, Maine State Trooper Christopher Hashey learned a truck had gone off Wiswell Road in Brewer. The truck, which was being driven by Corey Damon, was reported stolen from Corinth, and there was a motorcycle reported stolen from Winterport in the bed of the truck, according to police.

Caparotta was arrested three days later after investigators learned of his alleged involvement in the theft.

If convicted on the federal charge of theft of firearms from the premises of a federally licensed dealer, each man faces up to 10 years in federal prison and a fine of up to $250,000.

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